I Am WHOLE Again

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in my early 20’s.

I thought I would be the first one to beat it, using exercise, diet, yoga and meditation.

I was on prednisone without ever stopping for 11 years. I had several resections and tried 6MP with no success. In fact, I had blood transfusions on the day of my wedding and still went through with the ceremony even though I had a fever of 102 degrees. I was a fighter. But even the strongest among us have our limits. After my first marriage failed as badly as my health, I met an incredible man who taught me that I was beautiful, even wearing a bag on my side. After almost bleeding to death many times, he talked me into having a standard ileostomy so that I could get pregnant and carry a baby to term. I wore that bag on my side for five years before I was able to sustain a viable pregnancy. When our son was 8 months old, I converted to a continent ileostomy which was the best thing I could have done. Now, twenty five years after my first surgery, I am happy to be alive and tomorrow will celebrate our son’s 21st birthday.

Thank God for enabling me to live to this season.

Don’t be afraid to have surgery like I was. Talk to others who have gone through the surgery. Know that you are not alone. Becoming pain free is a miracle in itself.

Submitted by “Gutless Wonder” in the Colitis Venting Area


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One Response to I Am WHOLE Again

  1. j August 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Please share which docor or medical center performed the continent ileostomy. I don’t think they are commonly done now.

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