I had a Brooke ileostomy in 1995 at age 42. I had never been sick a day in my life and then bam, I spent the summer in and out of the hospital where they diagnosed me with Ulcerative Colitis. Three months later I had the Brooke. I was so ill-prepared and hated every moment of life with the Brooke. As soon as I learned about the BCIR, I knew it was right for me. In 1997, I had the BCIR and I now have a whole new life and love every bit of it. Dr. Rehnke is a great surgeon and doctor. All the Palms BCIR staff is absolutely the best.
I love to fish (by the way that is a 10-pound mutton snapper in the picture) and snorkel for lobster every year. I ride my bike and do everything that I want to do now. There was none of that with the ileostomy. Life is so good since the BCIR. I cannot imagine life without it. I have met so many great people through this surgery also.