A Recipe for Successful Living With Ulcerative Colitis

Learning how to function with ulcerative colitis and a J-pouch can be challenging, especially in the early stages. I’ve had quite a few ups and downs since my final surgery in 2014, including problems with inflammation of the new pouch (pouchitis) and inflammation of the residual, natural rectum (cuffitis). This inflammation can produce cramping, difficulty with bowel movements, and even anemia from persistent blood loss — similar to the problems I had prior to surgery. In October of 2016, I was in danger of losing my J-pouch after a scope showed progression of my pouchitis along with ischemia of the J-pouch, meaning the blood supply to the reconstructed bowel was being compromised.