3 Years with my J-Pouch
It's yet another Pouch-aversary for me! This one is a special one! Three years. I can't believe it's been three years since I went through the ileal-pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA) surgeries.
In honor of this occasion, I decided to go ahead and share more about the entire experience. You can view that story here: My IBD Story: Diagnosis, Steroids, Biologics, IPAA Jpouch Surgery.
Awkward and embarassing moments after the j-pouch surgery
The surgery wasn't an easy transition. On July 1st, 2015, I had my final surgery. My ostomy was reversed and I then had to rely solely upon my pouch. It wasn't an easy transition.
I had some awkward and embarrassing moments, quite a few to be honest. The initial transition (from life with an ostomy to life with a j-pouch) was a lot. I had to learn my body over again. I had to train my pouch.
What if I never got the j-pouch surgery?
I sometimes think about the what-ifs around the surgery. My j-pouch gave me a second chance at life. At times I think about the what-ifs. What if I never chose my doctor? What if I never scheduled my surgery consultation?
What if I actually believed everything I read online about ulcerative colitis and j-pouches? If I believed everything I read online I certainly wouldn't be where I am today.
Life after j-pouch surgery
In 2014 I saw nothing positive about life after j-pouch surgery. In fact, I found everything but. I found groups for people who wanted to go back to an ostomy, I found articles online about the terror and trouble people had gone through since their surgeries.
There was a bit of medical information, but very little first hand (positive) reviews. That's a part of the reason why I started blogging and sharing my story in the first place.
I want to show the good parts of life with UC
I want to show the real, unfiltered bad side of IBD, but I also want to show the good. The good things IBD has inspired in my life. The good people my condition has allowed me to meet. The amazing things I've done, that I probably wouldn't have ever thought of doing if it wasn't for the struggles I've gone through with my IBD.
In spite of what was shared back then, there are many success stories of people living with inflammatory bowel disease and getting a j-pouch. Sure, there are complications, as with anything else. But I've come so far and it's so much better than where I was with my colon. So this week I celebrate! All of the good and bad times I've spent living with my j-pouch. I'm so grateful for 3 years! Here's to many more!
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