I just recently moved back to Wisconsin after being medically separated from the Air Force due to my UC issues. I was diagnosed with UC in July of 2011 and shortly after had to have an emergency removal of my entire large intestine. I had my last surgery for the take down January 2012. I've yet to meet anyone else with a pouch and just came across this group and your post about Wisconsin because I was wondering the same thing, so to answer both our questions, yes, there are at least two of us in Wisconsin hahaha.
I see you're a little over six months out of your final surgery, I think the first six months to a year were the hardest for me. It gets better everyday though, and I'm feeling pretty good now everything considered. A lot of trial and error with diet, and learning to live with more frequent trips to the bathroom. I might not be the most knowledgeable about some stuff but I'd be happy to help if you're still looking to vent or ask questions.