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Friday, September 25, 2009 6:17 9 Comments

It’s been some time since I posted an update here. Exciting things are beginning to happen for me. In just a few weeks we will be coming up on the year anniversary of the creation of my j-pouch. After my takdown surgery in December, I had been having to have dilations on a pretty regular […]

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Grassroots Conference

Sunday, May 17, 2009 2:38 4 Comments

Hello everyone! I am a firm believer in grassroots movements. As such, I am feeling a strong desire to put together a conference for J-pouchers. I live in Tucson, AZ and believe we have some great resources for J-Pouchers with the University of Arizona here. Anyway, what I am asking for is some honest feedback […]

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Abby’s Update: Cryptitis and a Defocography Study

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 10:40 24 Comments

Here’s the latest for me: We had ended my weekly dilations on February 13th, but the following week things got bad for me again. I have these symptoms that my surgeon is having a hard time figuring out. 1) I can’t control my straining when I have BM’s and my body does this type of […]

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Abby’s Hot Air Abdomen

Friday, January 30, 2009 16:36 8 Comments

I went in for my third outpatient dilation and pouchoscopy this morning. (I had an additional one done in my doctor’s office without meds – not fun!) I think I have the drill down now. Everyone in the clinic knew my name and greeted me. I filled out the same paper work (for the third […]

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Abby's Update

Monday, January 26, 2009 20:40 3 Comments

So for those of you who read my first blog entry on this website, here”s my update. On Friday, January 16, 2009 I went in for a pouchoscopy to see what was up with me having such difficulty having bowel movements. I had to push so hard to go to the bathroom that I felt […]

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Abby's Story

Sunday, January 18, 2009 15:16 2 Comments

My name is Abby. I”m 33 years old. In March of 2008 I was four months pregnant with my first baby and ended up in the hospital because I was having bloody diarrhea close to twenty times a day. No one knew what was going on. After five days of being in the hospital and […]

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