I was 19 in 1991 when I had my colectomy and J pouch surgery. I'm 51 now and things are good. We didn't have the internet when I had my surgery, so I'm so glad to be a part of group that understands what I deal with on a daily basis! I don't know anyone else who has had the surgery I had. I have had great luck with my J pouch. I also had 2 kids, for any women wondering how that would go. I'm excited to learn more and share my experiences.