I had a procto-colectomy on August 1. Even though I had had UC for about 30 years, I never had really serious symptoms. I had just learned to live with it and take medications.
However, in April my yearly colonoscopy showed high grade dysplasia. That scared the dickens out of me. My small town surgeon said I should find a colon/rectal surgeon. Before I set up an operation date, I went to another GI doctor and had another colonsocopy. The results were the same-high grade dysplasia. Of course, I wanted to live so I found a surgeon. Because I'm over fifty, he said I wouldn't be a candidate for J-pouch. That stinks!
I want to let you know the good news first. There was NO CANCER found in my colon.
The surgery itself wasn't that bad, but I was treated like mud in the hospitaL. First, the surgeon was 2 hours late, I found out that later. Then, the epidural didn't work!!!! When I awoke in recovery, all I could do was scream. There was no excuse for that.
Now, I am home recovering. I don't really have that many problems, except getting use to the ostomy and appliances. The support from family and friends has been wonderful. My life has changed for sure, but I think I can adjust to this way of life. I certainly didn't want to live in fear of cancer. So many of you gave me encouragement before the surgery. I appreciate ya'll.
I just added a title to your post
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