Bowel Obsession: What Happened After My Colon Burst

Updated on April 26, 2016

Stoma - Your Inside Is Out

My Symptoms

It all started in March 2010. That's when I became bowel obsessed. I had just spent 22 days working in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Three days later, I wasn't feeling well and went to bed early. The next morning, I woke up with excruciating pains in the lower right side of my belly. That started 3 hours of full on vomiting what looked like fecal matter. It was incredibly hard to walk, and I couldn't straighten up fully.

Amazed that I walked there, the doctor at the clinic said "I think it's a burst appendix - you'll need to go to emergency straight from here".

By the end of March I had a stoma sticking out of my stomach, an inch from my belly button.

Diverticulitis Polyps

Perforated Bowel

To explain it very simply, I had a hole in my bowel. This is called a perforated bowel.

In surgery they discovered my colon had burst and sent feces swirling around the inside my body cavity. It was filled with puss that surrounded my organs.

But ...

They couldn't find the perforation. They removed the puss, closed me up and sent me home a few days later with medications.

The doctor told me I had Diverticulitis.
I had never heard of it, did not know I had it and was genuinely surprised.

The next night I started throwing up again. After 5 days of staying in bed in pain and 3 nights straight of vomiting, I went back to emergency.


Colostomy Placement

Emergency - Again!

This time when I came into emergency they rushed me through quickly. I was taken in and hooked up to an IV, they drew blood, and even put me on the heart monitor for the first time. The doctor came within 15 minutes and then they gave me morphine. The morphine only helped 75% of the pain.

Next were the scans. They sent me places and took pictures of my insides. It was confusing and the details get blurry, but this I know...

The Specialist

The on call general surgeon passed my results onto a specialist. She said she couldn't concur with what the radiologist was saying about my xrays. She said there was so much going on inside of me, that a specialist needed to see the test results.

It was the best outcome possible. In the end the specialist saved my life, and the journey had just begun. He read all the test results and agreed with what the radiologist had seen.

There was damage to my large and small intestines. There was an abscess on my esophagus. They thought there was a whole in my bladder. My cavity was filled with puss again. But they couldn't operate right away. My body wasn't stable enough.

Colostomy Diagram

Surgery Again

Ten days later my body was ready for surgery and I was nervous. I knew by this point that people often die from my condition. But I had a great doctor and faith.

My specialist and surgeon, Dr Ahmer A. Karimuddin, M.D., M.A.Ed., F.R.C.S.C., sat down with me and told me it was serious.

He said he was confident in his ability but he wouldn't know exactly what was going to happen until he took a look.

When he started discussing a stoma and what that meant, I was kind of lost and didn't understand what he was talking about.

*This is why sick people always need to have someone else with them at meetings; to hear what they can't digest.

So into surgery I went.

What the Heck is a Colostomy?

When I woke up there was a large bandage gently covering my left stomach area. I touched it and it was kind of tender underneath, soft. I didn't understand.

My husband was with me and smiled, asked how I was feeling. I just wanted to know what had happened.

The doctor came in and told us the surgery went well but there were complications.

  • I was allergic to all the antibiotics they had been giving me, so they removed tissue samples and sent them to a lab. The results would be back in 12 days.
  • Two sections of my of my intestines were in bad shape, so he removed part of my small and part of my large intestines. He was confident it would heal but for now he gave me a colostomy. He explained to me that he hoped to do another surgery within the year to reverse the procedure.

    I thought I understood

This is what a stoma looks like


Then he pulled back the bandages.

As tears rolled down my cheeks, I heard him say he hoped it was temporary.

I still didn't understand what I was looking at as he left the room.

Then a nurse came in. She was the ostomy specialist who would work with me for as long as I needed.

She was going to teach us, that is my husband and I, how to care for my new stoma.

I wondered if I was ever going to be able to look at it again.

Colostomy bags

I Need a Bag???

So what had happened? The nurse explained as she prepped me for a bandage change.

Simply put part of my large colon was now sticking out of my stomach so I had a place to send my poop.
My rectum was closed for business. Hopefully temporarily.

As a result, I would have to wear a colostomy bag so the stoma could put the poop somewhere.

To say I was shocked, surprised, upset, humiliated, terrified, and horrified is just the tip of the iceberg.
I couldn't believe my eyes. I
couldn't believe this was happening to me.
How was I ever going to live with this and why did it happen?
I still didn't understand.

I freaked and not really quietly.

This was no joke, my life just took a major left turn and I wasn't even there for it.

The Stoma Changes Sizes

your inside is out
your inside is out

Life Changes

My husband was unbelievably good with the whole mess. He said it was like cleaning a baby's bottom and never complained once.

At first I couldn't look at it. The site of this bright, pink, round, skinless flesh was a reminder of the reality that I my life was never going to be the same. It haunted me and made me mad ... for a while, a long while.

Regular bag changes that relied on someone else to help. The smell that leaked when the bag needed to be changed. Even getting clothes on was humiliating at first.

All dignity had left the building.

Then one day, after about 4 months of wearing the bag, I started to become curious.

I started watching instead of looking away when my husband changed the colostomy bag. I started to become comfortable with the process. After months of being cared for and refusing to be part of this new extension of my body, I was finally ready to embrace it, well as much as I could.

My mom's words in my head kept telling how far medicine had come. Years ago I would've died from this and they wouldn't have been able to help. I knew that.

After I was released from the hospital, I met a man who was in a hospital room with 3 others who all had had perforated bowels resulting in surgeries ... and all 3 men died.

Maybe this wasn't so bad. Time to learn something new, now that I could.

Bag Lady Has New Meaning

Ostomy Bag Change

Bowel Obsession Starts Here

As a result of becoming comfortable with my situation and having the courage to look at what was going on, I became bowel obsessed. Yes, obsessed with what was happening with my bowels.

I started watching how the stoma moved. All the time. It was better than live television.

The stoma would push right out of my stomach, sometimes as far as an inch or three. It remained a bright pink, looking like a hose about 1 inch in diameter, shiny and clean, glistening in the light reflecting off it.

When it decided to tuck in, it would withdraw and sink back into its hole in my stomach, shriveling and becoming wrinkly, laying flush with my skin.

During bag changes it was often hit or miss as to the action we'd see. Every so often poop would come out voluntarily during the change (I guess it wanted fresh air!).

The stoma would push out of my stomach and a slow stream of poop, about 1 centimeter in diameter, would start to rise and push it's way into freedom. Not the mess I anticipated, it was easy to wipe away with a tissue as it was always a soft solid.

It was a crazy process to watch and I learned that my body is one thing I have no control over.

Inside The Bag

What Goes In Must Come Out

The second part of the obsession for me became looking into the filled poop bag to see what came out and in what form. I made sure we used clear bags that I could see into. It sounds disgusting but it was actually quite interesting.

I began to learn about how and what my body actually digests.

  • Tomato skins roll up into little tubes and stay whole.
  • Seeds come out of our bodies completely undigested and it takes a long time for them to get through our intestinal track.
  • When we eat our food however it gets swallowed, if you don't break it down, is how it comes out at the other end.
  • Gummy bears and worms come out undigested (only did that once!)
  • Long strands of fibrous food that were not ground or chopped well before I ate them, came out in long strands.

The human body is an amazing machine.

One day, by accident, I swallowed a cherry pit. That sent me into a small panic, so I turned it into a game with my kid. We tracked how long the cherry pit took to get through my body. 42 hours later a cherry pit popped out into the bag and I was relieved and my girl danced around the room!

The biggest challenges that have come with my condition, even to this day, are called bowel obstructions ... and I hate them.

I experienced bowel obstructions from May 2010 to Feb 2012. I had 18 during that time and was admitted to hospitals for extended stays each time.

My Stoma and Me

On My Own

My husband patiently retaught me how to deal with the bag myself. He was amazing.

I'll never forget the first time I tried to change it myself.

I was at home alone laying in bed watching a movie and my bag fill up. It got so full it started to leak. I knew I was going to have to do this myself, I was on my own.

I went into the bathroom and started the procedure.
I sat over the toilet and removed the bag. Then I stood in front of the mirror so I could see. As I cleaned around the outside edge of the stoma I nicked it. It started to bleed.

I panicked. There wasn't a lot of bleeding, but it was there. I held the towelette tightly between my skin and the edge of the stoma. It stopped after a minute or two.

I carefully got the bag on.
I never cut myself again.

First Time Out

The other horrifying experience that won't leave me was the first time I went to a public event with the bag on.

I had been house bound for months. I had been missing out on adventures with my family and friends and, although I didn't mind, my daughter did.

So, I decided it was time to venture out. My daughter was having a dance recital at the University theatre and she really wanted me there. I agreed to go.

I had my husband take me to the mall. I tried on dress after dress until I found one that hid the bag.

When the big night came I carefully got ready and was excited to go.

We arrived at the theater, got seats fairly close to the front and center of the stage and got comfortable. The program indicated her group would preform halfway through the evening.

I Smell Something Funny

About 20 minutes into the show I smelled gas. I didn't give it a second thought until it didn't go away. Then a horrifying thought came into my head. What if if was me.

I subtly reached under my dress (yes, close your eyes and picture it). I felt the seam where my bag met my stomach. It was wet.

Yes it was a true OMG moment.

I leaned over and whispered in my husband's ear that I was in trouble and needed to go to the washroom. I left, leaving a trail of terrible odour behind me and quietly panicking as I moved my way to the theatre doors.

The situation? The glue was not holding my bag in place and poop was pushing it away from my body. The bag was also full.

I emptied the bag into the toilet, a skill I had gotten quite good at, then looked at myself. Glad no one was going to walk into the washroom I quickly tried to come up with a solution.

In my industry gaffer tape fixes just about everything, so I attached myself temporarily went looking for some.

I found a couple of staffers and asked them if they had a first aid kit. I was looking for tape. They informed me they couldn't help me without calling an ambulance, but they'd be happy to get one for me. We discussed my situation a bit and I convinced them to give me some masking tape.

Back in the washroom I wrapped the colostomy bag around my waist with the tape. What a sight! It was the first time I laughed all night.

I slipped back into the theatre, watched my girl's dance recital from the side aisle behind a post, and left in a taxi.

It took a while for me to go back out in public again.
When I did I had back up supplies with me at all times.

Colostomy Bag Removed!

In Dec 2010, my colostomy was reversed.

In English, my colon, or large intestine, was put back together. I could now poop in the toilet once again!

And when I healed enough I got to go home. It was a great day. For a week.
Because back I went into the hospital with another obstruction.

Eat Right

colon health means eating fresh
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Lessons Learned

After half a dozen admissions with a bowel obstruction, the Enterostomal Therapy specialist ("ET" or the "bag lady" specialist) had a discussion about food with me.

She made it clear that I needed to control the types of foods I was eating. Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn, gaseous drinks and foods were off the list if, I really wanted to heal.

I believed her and started to strictly control my diet. Along with her list I added milk and wheat to my list, as they cause me discomfort after digestion.

I can now detect a problem well in advance and I adjust my diet quickly. I haven't been admitted for bowel problems since Feb 2012.

ET Specialist

The ET specialist has been working with patients like me for almost 15 years full time.

Ostomy Supplies are Big Business

That shocked me. My experience is not an unusual one.

I believe disfunctional colon health of North Americans is a disease that is a quiet killer. I believe the problems with bowels and colons is reaching epidemic proportions.
So does my ET nurse.

Are we are not hearing about the huge numbers of people experiencing colon and bowel diseases because the subject matter is poop?

We have been taught that poop, poo, our bowels, sh*%, feces, fecal matter and all the other synonyms are disgusting, uncomfortable and just not okay to talk about openly.

A taboo has been put on a subject that touches all of us, we just don't know it.

Colostomy Bags For All

You Are Not Alone

After what I've learned and experienced, I guarantee that someone you know, is suffering from a form of colon or bowel disease, whether you actually know it or not.

Most likely they either have, had, or will have to wear an ostomy bag.
You won't know unless you are very, very close to that person or that person has completely dealt with the emotional and mental issues that come with the diagnosis.

Those issues are hard to get past.

It took me 4 months to be able to look at myself.

For those of you experiencing or who have experienced what I have I leave you with this.

You will get through it.

It will change who you are but you will still be you in the end.
It's an unbelievably horrific process to go through, but you will come out the other side a strong, humble person who appreciates life in a whole new way.

This is where the saying "if it doesn't kill you it will make you stronger" really is true.

Your Say

Do you know anyone who has or has had to wear a colostomy bag?

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2015 Update

I am happy to report that I have had no further bowel obstructions since 2012.

I monitor myself very closely and adjust what I eat according to how my body feels.

Some tricks I'd like to share:

  • drink lots of water
  • I control loose stools by eating a banana or mashed potatoes
  • I control stomach tightening or extremely hard bowels with Senekot and watermelon
  • finely cut salads help keep me regular
  • I listen to my body and adjust way before there's the chance of a problem.
  • I have become responsible for my health and healing path. When I go a to the doctor for a problem, he listens because he knows I know my body best.
  • I listen to my doctor and take someone with me if 90% of the time.

I hope my experiences can help shed light on this incredibly scary process.
There is an end, it just takes time to get there.
I am happy to answer questions and lend support if needed. Please feel free to comment.


The information provided in this article is not a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or alternative health care provider before taking any herbal supplements, home remedies, new products or changing your health regime. Even though we are responsible for our own health, we need the guidance of trained professionals.

© 2012 eye say

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      sharon 12 months ago

      Brilliant, very helpful. Thank you for sharing

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      eye say.......I can't help but feel for you when I read of what you had to go through. However, it is heartwarming to know how well you managed to cope and that your husband stepped up as a hero. Bless his heart.

      I do not blame you in the least for being extra vigilant. I wish you healthy days. UP+++

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      eye say 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading, I hope it does help people to think twice about what they are eating; I have now gone to eating very healthy - fruits, veggies and I make everything form scratch. It has been just over a year since my last bowel obstruction and I believe that I am on a healthier path for my bowels ...

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What a horrible thing to go through. I am sure it was a very brave thing to share this, and may it help many. Foods really are important for so many things and I write about those sometimes, probably not near as much as I think about them. Each time I hear a problem I think of something to help it or want to research to see what will because usually there is, well I think always; whether I find it or not.

      Interesting read.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      thanks billybuc, no one really knows what's going on with the person next to them do they?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was incredible! Your attitude is incredible! I am humbled by the way you presented this and I hope that someone who is having a hard time handling a similar situation reads this. Well done my friend!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Organic Mama: boy I can't stress chewing enough OR overeating, I just had another obstruction caused by eating too much which means too much pressure... Chew your food and stop eating when you are full! Thanks for pointing out how important that is!

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      Amelia Walker 5 years ago from Idaho

      Wow. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad that you stress chewing. It is amazing how important that is!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @weezychannel: nice to meet you, spreading the word on these kind of issues is so important, I think there are a lot of depressed people hiding inside not realizing there really and truly are not alone. My husband got me writing the day after I returned home from an obstruction 4 months ago and it has freed me to be able to have room inside of me to breath, move on and start to be able to move forward slowly, but forward none the less. If you start a hub of forum I'll join in ...

      thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      I am a colostomate as well and share everything you are can through. It's tough, especially with the obstructions. I write hubs to help pass time as I've had quite a few problems myself so similar to yours. Voting up and I would be more than happy to follow you and more than happy to start a support hub. Anything to help us God Bless

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @picadilly: wow thanks for your support, it sounds like get it, and now so does your partner, thanks for the encouragement to keep writing about it, I too believe that our "poop" issues need to be discussed!

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      Eye are so brave!!! I love your article!!! It flowed, was full of emotion and facts!

      My partnered told me I was sick when he learned I poop within 30 minutes of eating. He on the other hand pooped every 2 days. Finally after much debate the doctor gave him the scoop on the poop and set him straight. I was the healthier individual!!!

      Please continue to write about your experiences..the world needs to be educated and what better was to do it then from someone who has experienced the adventure!!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @Rachel, brave isn't the word, you get dealt a hand and have to play it, it's been tough but I'm starting to come out of the weeds so to speak...

      thanks for your positive comments; uplifting they are!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @ Amy: it's scary how stress can affect us; I had news of the brutal murder of my cousin a couple of months ago and the vomiting started all over again, but I refused to go into the hospital that time, sure it would settle and luckily it did, but my bodies reaction was the same as an obstruction.

      With so many possible illnesses these days it's hard to understand why anyone in the medical field would jump to the conclusion of hypochrondiac, that makes me so mad; it sounds like it was his "go to response" when he couldn't figure it out, instead of continuing to test. I went from a size 16 to a size 6 now, and will never put that weight back on; small bonus.

      When it rains it does pour and I'm glad you have moved ahead and I hope are managing with your own challenges; nobody ever said life would be easy, I so I do treasure those moments that are;

      Thanks again for sharing such powerful experiences.

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      Rachel 5 years ago

      You are so brave, hats off to ya. You have had your fifth bowel obstruction, ouch... I also admire your strength, and positive outlook, which shines through in all that you write. Once again, hats off to you girl. Always wishing you the best.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear eye say, The most difficult part of my digestive involvement was the length of time it took to find it. When standard testing didn't show the problem, the doctor began looking at me as either a closet eating disorder patient or malingering hypochrondiac, possibly struggling with a more manageable condition, IBS. When my weight loss became alarming, he took me seriously and pushed for the Pillcam. The vitamin-sized camera traverses the whole digestive tract, records photos and revealed the problem that he was unable to visualize with colonoscopy and endoscopy. Although I take an army of drugs to control the symptoms, I will always be eternally grateful that my issue is not Crohns, which could have resulted in multiple surgeries and eventually the possibility of a colostomy. Autoimmune disease is very unpredictable. Stress worsens the outcome. The night my brother called me to say our dad had suffered, what 24-hours later proved to be a fatal stroke, my symptoms kicked in. I no sooner saw my comatose dad at the hospital and I had to find a bathroom. I've not been the same since. Looking back, I realize I'd lived with a degree of malabsorption since my teenage years, but had considered it my "normal". It explains my osteoporosis and 80-year old bones at 38. It is so frustrating to be sick and have to struggle to get the doctors to "listen". Autoimmune disease leaves many patients "looking well", but feeling bad. It took massive, rapid weight loss from my normal sized frame to get the medical specialist and co-workers to believe me. Unfortunately, when size 4 was getting baggy, I was feeling too ill to enjoy it!!!

      After reading your journey, eye say, I will continue to thank my lucky stars that the suffering of surgeries and never knowing when more surgery may be necessary, is not part of my experience. I left an unhappy marriage two-years ago and then was laid off from the job I'd held for 13-years two-weeks later. I'd stayed in the marriage too long due to the unpredictable nature of my illness and my worst nightmare (losing my job) happened. When it rains, it pours. Like you, we all must forge ahead, despite what life hands us. I admire your strength and perseverance. Once again, thank you for your realistic and inspirational read.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @ Amy: I'd say you are braver than I, 9 years is a long time to deal with a health issue that has affected you so profoundly.

      As far as meds, I've been on a roller coaster path. At the moment I am prescription free for 5 days now since getting out of the hospital, but I can feel the morphine crawling it's way out of my body.

      I have been looking to alternate health for help.

      At the moment I am working with Ayurvedic practitioners who specialize in digestive disorders. This means I have been put on a diet that is suitable for body type and needs as determined by their testing process. Warm, soft foods and liquids, fish oils, L- Glutimine, spirolina, and aloe vera, and replaceing all oils with Ghee is my basic diet at the moment. It also includes acupuncture, which although beneficial has caused some side effects as the toxins escape my body.

      Changing my diet has been my main focus, and although difficult and confusing at times I am relying on fresh whole foods to help my body transition through this process.

      As far as going out, I too became a recluse for a long time. The first time I went out it was to my daughter dance recital in a beautiful theater and my bag broke; it was a nightmare and I found it really hard to try it again. Eventually I did and just became extremely careful to be prepared for the worse at any moment.

      I have had a reversal now, but unfortunately the bowel obstructions continue, so I am paranoid about what I eat and often won't eat. That's not good and the daily battle I am fighting presently; I have become afraid of food.

      In the end you are right, we all live with unpredictability so I try to swing with it as best I can.

      I feel bad for my child and husband who also have to deal with that unpredictability; My daughter now freaks when I have to go into the hospital, she scared I won't come out.

      What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, I can only hope so.

      Thank you so much for sharing your story, it brought me to tears and made me recognize that there are many people with far worse experiences than mine, like yourself. I hope you too are feeling well and that when it's bad you remember what it feels like to feel good; that always helps me.

      Keep well and thanks for reading and your comments, they are appreciated so much.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @cloverleaffarm; thrilled to have the opinion and support of a clinical herbalist, thanks for your input!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @ Cardissa: I wrote in hopes of helping others; I don't know if my starting to open up is brave or cleansing; maybe both, but I do believe this needs to be put out there so others can realize what diet is doing to our bodies.

      Your input is always appreciated, thanks for taking the time to read.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have autoimmune disease and about 9-years ago it affected my small bowel. I developed unremitting diarrhea and lost 30 pounds in 2 months. Making the 1-1/2 hour morning commute was miserable. The specialist initially found nothing despite a colonoscopy and endoscopy, and every available test. He decided I had IBS. Wrong! Finally, the insurance o.k'd the $4,000 PillCam test, which showed massive inflammation at my jejunum. Although it behaves like Crohns, it is not. I have been taking high doses of Pentasa for 9-years now and still have some issues, but it is better. In fact, my bone health has improved some due to better absorption.

      eye say, I must say you are far braver than I. I realize no one would choose to experience the life-altering health issues you have had to endure, yet you are matter of fact. I admire your frankness in your willingness to share your ordeals, as most people feel they ARE alone when something so difficult comes uninvited into their life. Your advice regarding thorough chewing and abundant intake of water offer simple, no-cost preventive measures for everyone. I am curious if you must also take regular prescription medications? I know that my issue made me nearly phobic about leaving the house. When I did not have to work on the weekends, I was relieved to be a recluse. How do you manage time away? I hope you are feeling well now. I realize you live with unpredictability with your disease, but in essence, we all do. Take care and stay well.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      I'm a clinical herbalist....I haven't seen it all...but a Good health to you.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @prasetio: I'm sharing the info to help and basing it on my own experience makes it really important for people to understand that this is actually happening to more and more people; it is a reality.

      thanks for reading.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @cloverleaffarm; diet is paramount with bowel decease prevention, thanks for reading and not being grossed otu!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      That was some experience! Sharing this along with your tips will definitely be of help to others experiencing the same or similar. Your bravery in sharing this will certainly be encouraging to others.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You helps many people by share this information based your own experience. Thank you very much. I hope everything goes well and back to normal. Take care!


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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Very interesting hub. I do hope it helps others. Most people don't think much about their bowels. There are diseases you can prevent through diet. Thanks for sharing your story. Voted up, interesting and useful. I know many people will be grossed out, but they need to read!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @Barbara; I hope this helps someone, and I fear intestinal disorders are just beginning. I had no idea though that Crohns started so long ago,

      thanks for daring to read!

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      I am sure this hub is going to help someone. I agree with you that intestinal diseases are becoming more common. Crohns was a rare disease just 30 years ago and now you hear of all sorts of people with it or ulcerative colitis and other problems.