This is my first time posting on this site, wish I had known about it a couple years ago. I love reading through the chats. A little history about myself, I had UC From age 2 to age 17 when I developed colon cancer and had to have the surgery. No radiation or chemo was necessary, I just had to get my colon removed. I had to deal with the bag for about six months, which as a 17 year old senior in high school was the longest six months of my life. I then had the takedown surgery and got my J-Pouch. I have been healthy ever since and getting healthier. I workout daily and I am in the best shape of my life now. My dream growing up was always to be in the military. I was completely unaware of the fact that my condition would eliminate me from any opportunities in the military until applying for an ROTC scholarship when I was told I could not join. This completey devastated me. My younger brother joined the NROTC program two years ago as a Marine option, while I am now a senior Accounting major in college. Watching everything he has been doing makes me extremely proud, but also very jealous at the same time. He has met many high ranking officers in the last couple years, and I have read several articles where individuals who have dealt with UC have been able to find ways around the disqualification and enroll in the military. I would do just about anything to get into the military, but I know I shouldn't get my hopes up. I am positing to see if anyone on here has any similar success stories when it comes to getting into the military with a J-Pouch. Hope to hear back soon.