Hello, hello, hello! My name is Garrett. I’m 21 and I’m a college student who’s just trying to live life to the fullest.
I started to ponder the idea of undergoing a colectomy surgery to remove my diseased colon in November 2014. From the age of 11 years old, I’d been living with an invisible disease known as Ulcerative Colitis, which means I had ulcers in my large intestine. I’d been put on countless medications over the years to keep myself in remission, but things kept getting out of whack and with almost no help from any of the medications I was taking, I felt it was high time to meet with a surgeon to have my colon removed.
I underwent colon removal surgery on February 13, 2015. Throughout my life as a UC patient, I had always felt that not enough people knew, let alone understood the life of someone with an invisible disease that has such a huge impact on their life. The hope that I have for this blog is to bring people into the light that is often turned off due to embarrassment or uncomfortableness by talking about my own experiences of living with an ileostomy. I may have missed the opportunity to blog about Ulcerative Colitis while I was suffering from it, but now I have new adventures to share and just because I’ll be writing about life with my ileostomy, doesn’t necessarily mean topics of UC won’t be uploaded.