i had a subtotal colectomy in 2010 (had 80%) of my colon removed but was still connected to the small bowel. The internal stitches did not hold and I ended up in full blown septic shock and ended up with an illeostomy with hopes of a reversal. I have scleroderma (crest) and gi problems exist and will exist as this is a progressive autoimmune illness. After i was told i was not a great canidate for reversal i sort of felt releived and learned to deal with the bag.....i bling it out to be as girly as possible. I was also told a reversal might lead me to other digestion and elimination issues.
i am gladi kept the bag