What's Life Like with a Jpouch?

Brooke Bogdan shares how her life has changed after surgery and what she does to stay healthy.

A few weeks after my ulcerative colitis diagnosis, I began blogging in an effort to inform other people who might feel unsure about life with UC. When I mentioned on my site that I'd undergone an ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) surgery series, which involved three major operations to remove my colon and construct my J-pouch, the most common question I received on social media was “What’s life like with a J-pouch?”

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Pouchitis: What It Is and How to Cope With It

Learn about the painful condition that can affect people with ulcerative colitis who have had ileal pouch–anal anastomosis surgery.

Brooke Bogdan suffered from extreme nausea and vomiting, bloody stool, and was going to the bathroom 25 to 40 times daily. She was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis. She’d been hospitalized, needed blood transfusions, and was too ill to perform daily tasks.

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Why It’s Important for People With IBD to Stay Hydrated

Follow these personal tips to ensure that you're getting enough water and nutrients if you have IBD.

This past fall, I had a horrible case of bronchitis along with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), which caused ulcers in the back of my throat. It was difficult to drink fluids because of the pain from these ulcers, and I started to get dehydrated.

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UC Tips for the Newly Diagnosed

Brooke Bogdan knows firsthand how lonely it can be when you're diagnosed with an IBD. Read her tips on how to cope with the news and find the resources you need.

When you’re first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, there’s an overwhelming feeling of confusion. There are plenty of questions that run through your mind. “What does this mean for the rest of my life?” “Will I ever be able to eat again?” “How will this affect my relationships?” “Is there a cure?”

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Fashion Rx: 8 Women Share Their Feel-Good Style Secrets

Her Tips for Getting Out of a Fashion Rut:

Get dressed. “My mom always taught me that it’s important to always try to look your best, no matter how you feel,” says Bogdan. “Sure, there were days when I didn’t feel so great mentally or physically. The best thing I did for myself was put one foot in front of the other and dress the best I could. One of my favorite quotes to live by has always been, ‘No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.’"

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