Hi there..I am a wife of a J-poucher. He was diagnosed at 27 with UC. Decided at 34 he had enough of UC since he never went into remission. The steroids were making him sicker than the disease. So, on Valentine's Day 20 years ago, he had stage 1 of the operation and on D-Day, the 2nd operation was done. It hasn't been clear sailing..but, he did get his life back.