Step 2 of the process is the most involved step and it’s a HUGE procedure. It takes time and lots of patience on your part to heal. I remember when I was in the thick of it and feeling like it was never going to end. I just wanted to feel normal again. It will all be in the rear view mirror before you know it. I think many people go through a little bit of depression too during the process. I think I did. I talked to my doctor about
that and he said it’s very normal. Hang in there....the end result of not being sick anymore is totally worth all the hardships of the surgeries. I’m 8 years now with my j pouch and love it.
Marianne- age 49
DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC. Symptoms started shortly after I quit smoking
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine-Tried diets-nothing worked.
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs! Very happy j-poucher
Post Edited (ByeByeUC) : 7/4/2018 9:47:11 AM (GMT-6)