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Cassandra S.

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Cassandra S.

  • School: Indian River State College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Roxbury, NJ
  • I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when i was 16 years old. I went through tons of different treatments and nothing was working for me. My family and I decided that surgery would be the absolute last option, but it came to be that I needed the surgeries. I had my first surgery and recieved an ileostomy. When my surgeons and doctors removed my colon and studied it, they said that I had one of the worst cases of Ulcerative Colitis they had ever seen. I thought having an ileostomy was the end of the world. Every time I had to change it I would just sit there and cry I thought it would never end, but I wasnt in pain anymore. I recieved my second surgery, where they gave my my j-pouch. My third surgery is when they reversed my ileostomy. I couldn't be happier that day! Now I lead a normal life but take immodium to control everything. Every once in a while there is a little bump in the road and get pouchitis. I am very thankful that this happened to me, it made me who I am today. If you need someone to talk to or advice, please do not hesitate to contact me!
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