2 yr J-pouch Anniversary & Life Update

by on Saturday, October 24, 2009 13:15
This entry is filed under: Coping/Support

Can you believe it has been 2 years already since I had my jpouch takedown on Oct 22nd, 2007?  So much has changed in my life and our life that I can’t express how great it all been.  Below is a recap and new update on how things are:

FIRST – After 15 years together Megan and I were married in a private ceremony on Saturday, Oct 24th.  We had a quick ceremony in a beautiful park in Georgia.  A friend of mine from childhood lives in North Carolina with his wife came down to go see a show with us, and learned they would be our witnesses.  It was all planned in less than week (although the talk of marriage has been many years in the making).  Our marriage is bittersweet because it is hard to celebrate our marriage when our gay and lesbian loved ones are unable to have the same civil rights to marry their same sex life partners.

And below is our wedding video.  It took 7 mins. and unfortunately, it was really WINDY, so the sound on the video is pretty bad.  But you can hear parts of each of us and our vows to one another.

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SECOND – I’m healthy!  I AM  healthy!!  Really nothing much has changed about my physical look (scars) and how my body feels and acts from the 15 – month jpouch update.  Although, below is a recent photo of what my scars look like, I know some of you have asked how they look now. Look pretty good if you ask me :0  I might be bias though because I’d be willing to look like anything as long as I’m free of UC.   I’m able to do everything and have no limitations.

  • My body feels strong and I have good stamina.
  • My weight is 141 pounds (stayed around 120 when I had UC, worst was 100 pounds). This weight feels good, I feel like I look full and healthy.
  • BMs are around 8 per day. I do wake-up a minimum of once a night to use the bathroom and sometimes twice.
  • I haven’t been taking Imodium or Metamucil lately.  I just get lazy and don’t think to take the meds. I do have more formed and less BMs if I use those products.
  • Very little butt burn, but sometimes do have itchy butt. Cream cures that up.
  • Never have urgency.
  • Never have accidents. No leaking.
  • Sometimes I do feel like I get dehydrated even when I’m drinking enough.  I try to mix up my water and electrolyte drink to keep that from happening.
  • I have had 2 rounds of pouchitis in 2 years. It is no fun but cipro clears it up quickly for me.
  • I eat everything, I have no problem with food.  Although, the better I eat, the more consistent and formed my BMs. If I eat junk, my body will let me know.

THIRD – Megan, Katie and I will have been in Athens, Georgia for 1 year in December! Can you believe that?  Megan is enjoying her position as Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia.  She has had lots of opportunities to thrive in her work interest.  Here is an article in UGA Red and Black Newspaper about one of her students project.  The picture above shows Megan with the 6 other professors selected for the 2009-10 Service-Learning Fellowship.  My work is going well, I’m doing finish carpentry for a contractor in Athens and enjoying tht. It is hard here in the construction industry because the market is really flat due to the economy.

Katie is doing well. You can see in her photo above that she is living a dog’s life. She sleeps, plays, loves, eats, and hangs outside. She really loves the back porch, and she has great windows she can see out of.  We think she is about 9 yrs old now and her joints have been showing the age but she is healthy and happy.

Thank you to everyone for all your support over the years. A special thanks to our family and friends and of course, to the wonderful community over at www.jpouch.org .   We are living happy and healthy and thankful for everything that the jpouch has given us.

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13 Responses to “2 yr J-pouch Anniversary & Life Update”

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    ML says:

    October 24th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Congratulations on everything!

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    Danielle says:

    October 24th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!

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    Sandra says:

    October 25th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    So happy to see life go on after a jpouch.

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    Brevin says:

    October 25th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Jenelle says:

    October 25th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Congratulations Mark & Megan! I’m so pleased to hear everything is going so well for you both.

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    Mark Reply:

    How are you doing Jenelle? How is the health and the dissertation status?

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    lizz says:

    October 26th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    You guys are AMAZING! Congrats:)

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    Colin says:

    October 27th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    That’s awesome, Mark. I’m getting my first surgery scheduled soon at the Cleveland Clinic, so I can only *dream* that I’ll end up as well as you seem to be doing.

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    Mark Reply:

    Colin, Just try to remain as positive as possible through the process. There will be some hard times but I found all of it was worth my renewed health now. I was so ready to be done being sick that anything that happened as a surgery repercussion seemed trival.

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    Abby says:

    October 30th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Congratulations to you Mark and Megan! It’s wonderful to hear about your good health! It’s inspiring. I wish much peace and joy for the two of you.
    Abby

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    Emily says:

    November 24th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Congratulations Mark! So glad to know that long terms results are awesome! By the way, thank you so very much for your help this summer. Second surgery was on August 3rd and so far so good! Seriously, couldn’t have done it without your hearing your story and having you for support.

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    Mark Reply:

    Hey Emily, The more important question is – how are you doing?

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    Van Fayard says:

    January 14th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Mark, I will have my takedown surgery on January 28th 2010. I’ve had my ileostomy since October 22, 2009. I wanted you to know I have followed your progress for a while and it has been a source of inspiration and comfort to me and my wife. I would like an update on your progress. God Bless and thank you again

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