I can't believe it has already been 6 months. Life since surgery has been a complete 180 for me. I went from constantly worrying about
toilets - to going when I need to, and having the ability to hold it. No more urgency, cramping, pressure, frequency, no more discomfort. No more medication. I am so thankful things worked out well.
I know surgery is not an easy road, and I wouldn't recommend it for everyone (Or even most people), but in my case, I had no options. Facing surgery was definitely the scariest and most difficult decision I've ever made. I remember when I was diagnosed, I read about
UC and the prospect of needing surgery some day made me depressed, scared, hopeless... I also saw a few people posting here, like byebye, NCOT, EvaLou, Christine and Keith (and many others), who faced surgery and were here to tell about
it and it gave me hope and confidence, it also kept my expectations realistic. I was always inspired by people who had surgery, I thought it was only for the strongest, bravest and most resilient people. Now that I've done it, I see it's not. It happens and you do your best to hold it together.
Anyone who is struggling with UC, I am sorry. If you're facing surgery, I am sorry. There is hope.
Co-moderator: Ulcerative ColitisDiagnosed with Pancolitis, Laryngopharyngeal Reflux & Migraines. Battling Extreme Exhaustion.
Currently: no meds. 6/15 Step One J-pouch Surgery Complete! 9/15 Step Two Complete! 11/15 Step 3 Complete!