Reading about the lady wearing the bikini rekindled my memory of my struggles with UC. Suffered in college (yet had some remissions) really got bad in the latter parts of the 1980's.
Was super sick! Long hospitalizations in Connecticut.
Had the colectomy around Xmas 1990 and the pouch operation about 4-5 months later then the drop down a bit later.
Great operation -- great results soon after.
Going strong on almost 25 years. No issues at all. Go a bit more than before the illness but no biggie. No restrictions in diet. Had a few cases of pouchitis over the years ( kind of a miserable experience but cleared up on its own in 24-36 hours)
Active lifestyle , travel a lot for work , scuba dive etc...
Hardly ever think about it really.
Definitely a life changing experience for me.