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I'm a 57 year old woman who was diagnosed with chronic Diverticulitis in 2016. For years I had experienced symptoms of DD but never had a clue until July 2016 I was rushed to the ER. That was the first time I ever heard of the disease. From July 2016 to February 2018 I suffered over 14 + attacks. I literally had no other recourse than to have a sigmoid colectomy. The surgery was excruciating but it literally saved my life. I'm just a week out of surgery and already the ongoing DD symptoms are going away. I am still leery of food even though my surgeon said I could eat anything I wanted. I'm sticking to the soft diet until I actually feel my body can handle normal food. I was fortunate that the Diverticulitis pockets were condensed in my sigmoid colon so he was able to catch everything. If I had not fought for the surgery I would have been dead within months. There is no reason why anyone would want to live a practically life with Diverticulitis.
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