About Jpouch dot net
Welcome to jpouch.net! We are growing community of diverse individuals and families dealing with colorectal surgery. Bloggers on jpouch.net are regular people from around the world dealing with jpouch related issues. There are many medical reasons to have Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis (IPAA), also known as Ileoanal reservoir surgery or jpouch surgery. Some medical conditions that might result in jpouch surgery include: IBD (such as Ulcerative Colitis), FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis)
How to use this site: This website has 5 main features to offer anyone facing jpouch surgery:
1. The HOME tab is our front page, here you can find the most current posts from our community of bloggers.
2. The Our Stories & Photos tab gives you access to over 10 different stories and photos from jpouchers around the world. Here you will find in depth explanations about their individuals journey. Also, you will find a variety of stories ranging from gender, age, country, surgery procedures, gay/straight and more are being shared. Be patient reading through the stories and you’ll likely find someone very similar to your situation.
3. The Bulletin Board tab takes you to an open forum for posting your stories or questions. If you are not responding to a direct post but you have questions/concerns/comments in general feel free to post.
4. On the right hand side of your screen you’ll find links to wonderful support groups, medical sources, and other blogs/websites.
The technical stuff: This website is powered by WordPress, the template is based on Blue Dream 1.3 with major code and design tweaks by Eric Mills in Denver, Colorado and it uses the normal really nifty plugins like All in One SEO pack and some other stuff. We’re hosted by Bluehost (seems we’re pretty blue), and all the content is the property of Jpouch.net. Please spread our posts to help those in need, but don’t steal our content. Thanks.
Why this site was started: In 2007, after a 7 year battle with Ulcerative Colitis, Mark underwent his first colorectal surgery. Myself, Megan, Mark’s partner of over 10 years documented his surgery journey. At first, the photos and journaling were put in flickr photos and shared with family and friends. One thing led to another, and we created our initial surgery blog (ucstory dot wordpress dot com) to share with others facing Mark’s surgery. We received incredible response, feedback and support to the photos and journaling that were able to start sharing our blog with others in Mark’s situation. Well, here we are 2 years later with a community of bloggers and readers and we’ve grown to become jpouch.net.
See, when Mark was deciding on surgery and we were looking online for info, we couldn’t find anything detailed from the patients perspective showing the gritty truth of ostomies, scars, recovery time, etc..We felt being able to see the surgery process might help others prepare for their surgery and remove some of the fear of unknowns.
If you want to share your story or need anything please feel free to contact us, Mark and Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a community, we’ve spent many hours building this site as a wonderful resource to help you and your family/friends cope with this journey.