| Beth22 wrote:
Thank you for the welcome. That's sounds like quite a journey.. are you happy now that it's permanent?
Hi Beth, and yes I’m definitely happy that’s it’s permanent, no more messing about with the UC flaring up and all that s*** (literally 😂! 💩). It’s been quite an adjustment to say the least, not only physically but mentally as well. Getting myself to a point mentally so that I can accept it and be happy took quite a long time. I’d known that I would eventually have to have the barbie butt surgery given that my pouchitis was chronic, so I knew that I needed to work on that aspect of my mental health. Coz the thing is, I really resented the first stoma due to my UC flare-up coming out of the blue, never had UC before, and it was a very severe one. My first stoma “the volcano” represented my whole life irreversibly changing, so it’s no wonder I jumped at the the chance to have it reversed. But now, with this new stoma “Michael”, short for “Michael Kors” it’s a new chapter in my life. No more flaring up, and I don’t have to be as mindful about shielding, which I was doing during the lockdowns in the pandemic (because of the pouchitis I was immunosuppressed). And that’s just the TLDR!