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I had UC for 15 yes and had a j pouch for 13 years. It never really worked well and ended up requesting my surgeon to let me go back to a stomach. 2 weeks ago I had the pouch and rectum completely removed, yes it was painful but am off pain killers now and have started walking around the block and a bit further everyday. I am really pleased with my stoma now, it has been the best thing I have ever done, no pain, no rushing for the loo. I can sleep, I have never slept so much. What I want to know is when can I start doing things, you know like lifting the kettle for starters! I haven't been given specific exercises or instructions on when I can do what. I want to get back to normal family, you life with husband and kids, what is everyone else's experience. I have looked on line but tend to end up on sites selling stoma products which aren't really helpful. It would be great to hear from anyone that has been there or going to be there. Thank you in advance. Alison
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