We are always happy to share stories from our patients. Hopefully, they will help you gain more insight regarding how life might be with a Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR). In addition, once you have surgery, we are committed to a smooth transition back home - you may find our "Patient Tips" helpful.
Our Patient Testimonials include stories and photos from actual patients. However, since we cannot assure you that your outcome will match the portrayals of these patients - we suggest you visit the Clinical Studies page where you will see data that reflects our outcomes that have been published in medical journals. The stories of our patients are not intended to replace the services of a trained health professional or to be a substitute for medical advice of physicians.
If you'd like to receive more information or a list of past patients with a BCIR, please email Susan Kay, R.N or call her at 1-800-336-0789. Don't forget to ask her to send you a CD about the BCIR procedure.
Some of our patients have shared their success stories with us. Hopefully, they will help you gain more insight regarding how life might be with a Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir.
I am a mother of twins and I want everyone to know that having a baby with a BCIR can be a wonderful experience. My quality of my life improved greatly after having BCIR surgery, but now that I've created, carried and cared for two babies, my quality of life has reached a new high I never imagined possible.
At the age of 21, I finally understood the reason for my constant stomach aches that had always plagued me. After seven years of bleeding, discomfort, living in the bathroom, steroids and other powerful drugs, and endless colonoscopy procedures, I decided to have a Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR). This was an option that would cure my disease and leave me with no future risks for cancer. The surgery was a success! No more doctors visits, no more cancer concerns and best of all - no more pain!
Doctors assured me when I had my BCIR surgery, that I would be able to have a normal pregnancy and delivery. I'll never forget when we turned our test stick purple. My first words were, "I can't believe there is a baby inside me!" "Or babies!" said my husband, who is a twin. How he knew at that moment that we were carrying twins is beyond me. It must be a twin thing. I laughed and said, "There's only room for one baby in there." (I was wrong!)
In February of 2000, I was blessed once again. I had two beautiful babies and a perfectly functioning BCIR.