I got UC when i was 21. And i waited until i was 29 to have surgery. And I wasted a good deal of my life with that stupid colon controling me! I have no idea what i was thinking, or why i didnt just say, getrid of this thing, it doesnt want me,, why should i want it???
I wish now that i had done it the day i saw blood, that i had just said "UC you are NOT gonna control me, i am taking back my life!!!"
I have a perm ileo, and i know the bag sounds gross, but it's really not. I am 31 now, and i do all kinds of fun stuff, istill go to bars and clubs and dance for hours and hours, i still hang out with friends and have cook outs and go swimming, i jump on the trampoline with my son, and i even pudding wrestled!
There is NOTHING that having a bag will keep you from doing, i promise!
And if you go for a jpouch once you get the bag off and recovoer from the surgery you will be bag free too.
Anyway good luck!
Can you tell us about
your surgery? I am interested if you're willing to indulge me and others. Was it done in one step? What was your recovery like? How do you feel nowadays (frequency/urgency of bathroom trips)?