becky 9/24/04 said...
Congrats, KS for the plan for surgery!
I don't know if I deserve a congratulations; I should have done this years ago....I've let UC control my life for too long. I am finally taking charge of this disease, moving on and not letting my life revolve around UC anymore.
I'll need a 3-step surgery and will probably be in the hospital for 20-30 days for the total J-pouch procedure with 6-9 months from the 1st-3rd surgeries but for me that is a worthwhile trade-off. I've spent/wasted lots of time in Doctors' offices, pharmacies, hospitals, on the phone with insurance companies, laying in bed sick or not doing anything at all because I was not feeling well because of UC. I've tried all the medicines available for UC and looking back at it all I wish I had the surgery sooner but I wouldn't call it a regret because it just kind of happened this way, I really didn't see how much time and opportunities I wasted because of UC and my colon.
Now that I made the decision to have surgery and looking back at my UC experience with my new prospective of moving on without my colon I can now clearly see how much UC controlled my life to my detriment. I/you didn't/don't really see it when you are focused on getting better, taking new medications and trying to keep your colon but that is a personal decision for everyone; I guess that I am trying to say that maybe UC patients should try dreaming of a life with a J-pouch and what they will be able to do again without being controlled by UC/diseased colon....I think we should all try to have as much of a normal healthy life as we can, our colons are just not worth it (In my own NEW opinion now that I am having surgery).