My name is Doug, I am grateful to have had a full colectomy just last month. ( I know that sounds crazy however in spite of all the suffering I am choosing gratitude for life rather than the alternative. After 5 years of receiving multiple treatments, drugs, and trying diet, exercise and stress reduction and as a last ditch effort I tried a one week water fast after which I was told by my surgeon that I was close to death…. My surgeon stated matter of factly that it was simply time to remove my colon. With her diagnoses I made peace with myself and said yes and was admitted to the hospital within an hour for what was to be a life saving surgery. In retrospect it probably would have been better to have had the surgery 5 years ago rather than bombarding my body with all the drugs and stress that goes along with IBD, However I really wanted to try everything possible to avoid surgery but after so many years it was time. At this point I have 2 additional surgeries to go… next will be the J- pouch surgery and then 6-8 weeks later the final “take down” surgery.
I am happy to share my experience with anyone who might be helped by my current journey…although sometimes it feels like it….. we are never alone.
Every day is a gift!
God be with you!