Stories

I started feeling sick when I was 16 and suffered from terrible cramps, diarrhea, nausea, anemia, and tiredness all the time. it took many grueling tests and different doctors to figure out what was wrong with me. Finally, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I...

I retired from the Navy in 2003 after a 22-year career. In May 2012, at 51 years of age, I underwent my first, and only colonoscopy, at VA Medical Center, Hawaii. Leading up to my colonoscopy I considered myself to be in good health and...

As a child I had chronic constipation and extreme abdominal pains.  In my twenties, I was diagnosed with Colonic Inertia and was told that I needed ostomy surgery. At that time, I declined surgery because I was scared of that option.  I continued to deal...

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at 15 years old. Some doctors think in retrospect I’ve had Crohn’s/colitis all along. I struggled with proctitis for one year prior to my ulcerative colitis diagnosis and two months later had my large intestine removed in an emergency surgery due to toxic megacolon. I was in...

My ostomy changed my life…for the better.  Not only did it rid me of my ulcerative colitis, it gave me an incredible gift—an appreciation for life!  Of course, that wasn’t how I felt about it initially.  I was angry and depressed, and I hated those bags so much...

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