Personal stories about surgery to cure ulcerative colitis
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Toni, age 33: I have suffered from some really
bad symptoms from ulcerative colitis. The diarrhea and pain interrupt my life.
I can't go anywhere without checking out where all the bathrooms are. I don't
dare go on long hikes or go skiing, things I used to do all the time. It makes
me depressed. I like the idea of having surgery so I don't have to deal with
this illness anymore.
Carolyn, age 40: The symptoms of ulcerative
colitis can be painful and embarrassing, but I only get them a few times a
year. My medications control them really well. I don't think my condition is
bad enough for me to have surgery, and I don't like the thought of having to
use an ostomy bag. I think I will wait and see if my condition gets
Bill, age 27: I want to have surgery because
I'm scared of getting colon cancer. I had an uncle who had coloncancer. My
risk is already higher than average because I have ulcerative colitis. Besides,
I've had this disease for 7 years. In another year, I have to start having an
annual colonoscopy to check for cancer. If I have surgery, I won't have to deal
with symptoms or be tested every year and worry about colon cancer.
Juan, age 30: My medications are working
really well, and I feel pretty good about my ability to live the life I want.
I've had this condition for 12 years. I get screened every year for colon
cancer. So far, everything is okay.
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
November 3, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 03, 2008
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