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I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2003 and was on just about every medicine available. Loved my prednizone, perhaps too much. I fear the long term effects of that will show up soon. Rheumatoid arthritis, anyone? Maintained well on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for almost two years until I became so anemic and dehydrated that I was admitted to the emergency room and spent five days in the hospital. Transfusions, IV fluids and then the poisonous Remicade. I was desperate! Endured nearly eight months of Remicade infusions and appeared to be in remission. Well, choosing to leave an unhappy marriage meant losing my insurance and my Remicade. Years later, as I built a new life in a new town, new job, new house, caring for two teen daughters, I was fortunate to live in a time of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Having a preexisting condition had kept me from obtaining health insurance in the US. Thanks to the ACA I found a great doc who told me, just as many had said before, it was time to get rid of the diseased colon. I had my total proctocolectomy July 22, 2014. I'm three years ileostomy and wished I'd done it sooner. I feel healthier than ever before. Now two years vegan, or at least plant powered, and at 57 I feel thirty years younger. Blogs like this help so many who are trying to decide for themselves what path to take. Know you are not alone and that an ostomy is not the end of the world and can become a great new beginning!

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