Mike O.

03/01/2001

At the age of 30 I had a conventional ileostomy performed. I was happy that I was no longer sick, but I just didn't feel like I had much of a life. My main problem was I could not get the appliances to stick. I tried all the different appliances available, worked with ET nurses and even resorted to cosmetic surgery to reduce some of my scars - hoping this would aid the situation.

During this process, someone mentioned the BCIR as a possible alternative. I responded that there weren't any options since I had already had my colon and rectum removed. To my surprise, was I ever so wrong!

After some research, I decided to have the BCIR procedure. For me, this has been the best decision I have ever made. I live in Colorado and I now enjoy hiking, biking and just playing with my son. Hiking and biking are things I would not have attempted before the BCIR due to my appliance vulnerabilities. I know that there are a lot of people that have had the ileostomy and do fine with activities and do not experience the problems I had. I'm very glad for those individuals, truly I am. For me I'm just glad there was an alternative in the BCIR. My quality of life had changed 10 fold, I enjoy being me and I count each day as a blessing.

Mike O.
Surgery - March 2001