Can you tell me more about this abscess? You're right, no day is normal. But for some on this group, I have heard that they have greater normalcy than we do. It makes me wonder how that works? What was the cause of the "normal" people's need for pouch removal? Are there any patterns? Mine "need for removal" was from UC, but mostly from cancer caused by the UC. From my own experience, the descriptions of other people, and web research, I have hypothesized that UC is a condition involving the whole body, but expresses itself most in the colon, so removal of the colon doesn't really treat the condition. We continue to have issues with the J-pouch because the guts are the victim, not the perpetrator of the insult. But many who have continued issues with the pouch might not be UC sufferers, though they may have some other global problem, like crohn's. In many cases, though, I'm sure it's the fragmented approach of western medicine that blames the victim (the expression of the disease) and not the perpetrator (the cause of the disease) and removes an essential organ without really knowing what it's doing. It's haphazard and irresponsible, in my opinion, but here we are, dealing with the same problems and down one organ, which brings with it the imbalance of having no colon. So now we're not only treating the original condition, we're treating the imbalance caused by an important part of the body being gone. If I had to go back and do this again, I'd keep my colon and just have them remove the tumor. Regrets.