I hope that suebear sees your post and replies. She has a jpouch and seems absolutely thrilled with it! She has said many times that she doesn't really know how many times she poos (she says "empty my pouch" though, I believe) a day, because it's quick and not urgent, much like urinating. She's also an avid hiker and does long backpacking trips with no problems.
Really, I'm so thankful for suebear being on this site. Her posts made me realize that if my UC gets bad enough that I have to have surgery, that I'll very likely go on to live a completely normal life and be glad that I'm done with UC.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).