It has been a moment since I’ve made a video or posted something here on my blog.  For starters…I’m great!  I’m really really great!  Probably the best I’ve felt my entire life.

I didn’t mean to take an absence but I had a major surgery conducted and haven’t done much since. Even before the surgery I was planning my absence from the ole day job and making sure all loose ends were covered.  I also went to Los Angeles!  I will cover that in another story.

So…for those wondering…the major surgery I had performed was a colectomy.  I am now a proud ostomate!

If this isn’t familiar to you then let me quickly explain…from the beginning.

While symptoms may have appeared my entire life, I don’t remember much before I was twelve.  I was in the ER due to finding blood in my stool.  Not a small amount either, like lots of blood.

While not much was found out from the visit, I continued to have issues and went undiagnosed for a year.  When I was thirteen, I again saw the doctor and needed a colonoscopy.  After the colonoscopy was performed, it was determined I had Ulcerative Colitis.  To find out more on Ulcerative Colitis, click here.

For the next twelve years I was placed on many different drugs, but everything seemed to fail.  Pentasa, Remicaid, Simponi, Humira, and finally…Entyvio. I sought out a surgical opinion in November and obtained a consult in January.

After speaking with the surgeon, we rushed to surgery (four weeks later) and I had my colon removed.

The surgery went better than I could have ever expected.  I woke up and one of the first things I noticed was not being in pain.  This was the first time that I ever remember not being in pain. I’ll admit that I wasn’t always aware I was in pain.  I knew that how I felt after surgery was so much better than I ever remember feeling.

So here I am, two weeks later recovering at home.  I feel so lucky to have had such a successful surgery.

As mentioned, I am an ostomate (ileostomy) and will be living with a bag for a while. Due to my diagnosis being Ulcerative Colitis and not Chron’s, I can proceed to have a JPouch.  Feel free to research what it does, but essentially I would no longer need an ostomy.  Two more surgeries are required so I plan to take decent gaps between them.  Regardless, right now all I am focusing on is getting better, programming, and writing movies.

I want to thank my family and friends who all reached out to me throughout this time.  It has made me feel like the richest man in the world!