It is definetlly worth it! Yes its scary, and yes its hard, but 3 months of recovery are no price to pay for a life without UC!
I was tired of the meds, tired of missing things, and just tired.
I figured my colon didnt want me, why did i want it?
I have a perm ileo (meaning a bag) and that idea grossed me out to no end at first. Then my Mom says, well is that any grosser than having diaherra ( i can neverspell that!) all the time? And i was like, well no its really not, its nowhere near as gross,lol.
As for having children, yes surgery can affect fertiltiy, but you also have to look at the fact that if you have children while you have active UC you will have to take meds while pregnant. And for some women pregnancy means complete remission, i was lucky that way. For others it means horrible flares. FOr me, i went into a horrible flare shortly after my son was born and was at home with an infant and had his little bouncy seat in the bathroom. And missed out on a lot of his lifecause of UC.
So I wish i had done it before i had my son, actually i wish i had done it when i first got sick.
Anyway, its a very hard decision, so good luck with whatever you decide
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-