Theresa Stitt | CaringBridge

Theresa Stitt

First post: Jan 29, 2018 Latest post: Jul 20, 2018
Jan 28th, 2018 my entire world got turned upside down with an unplanned full colectomy surgery which if some of you don't know full removal of my large intestine and colon and appendix, which requires a colostomy bag for fecal matter to collect in since I am not able to pass waste normally. You see I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2013 finally, the year prior to that I suffered with extreme stomach discomfort and excessive bathroom visits which consisted of mostly blood & mucus matter. I had visited a few Gastrointestinal doctors and was getting no answers and loosing weight rapidly. Not to mention the fatigue was killing me! Found my amazing doc through a previous GI guy who was amazing too but he was just as frustrated as I was before he handed me over to Doctor B. My flairs where pretty regular 3-4 times a year with hospitalizations and lost of steroids! We decided that a biochemical approach might be a better way to handle my UC. I was on Remicaide infusions for 7 months and while it was helping it started to affect my liver so we made the decision to stop treatments and things kinda cleared up on their own. Until October 2017 and I started a pretty steady flair that took me through the holidays into Jan 2018 weak and in a great deal of pain. 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital with mega doses of steroids and pain medication to keep me comfortable. I had a scope done and come to find out the infusions helped the symptoms but not the inflammation of the disease, and at this point it had doubled in size and was starting to run my life, extremely malnourished and dehydrated a loss of 18 lbs in 2 weeks I was in danger . The only alternative was to take it out!

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