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Living a full life with Crohn’s

Major surgery for Crohn’s disease is a tough decision, but could improve quality of life in the long run.

Matthew Nester fainted when his doctor mentioned removing his large intestine. It was a solution to the bowel disease that had plagued him since he was 22. It meant walking around with a bag full of his waste, for the rest of his life.

“Like a lot of people, I thought it meant the end of life as I knew it,” the 37-year-old said. “There’s a lot of stigma attached to it.

“People imagine they must be smelly and gross. Sometimes ostomy bags are the butt of jokes.”

A medical device inserted through surgery moves waste past his digestive tract and into the bag he wears 24/7. Four years later, he’s a huge fan.

Mr Nester has Crohn’s disease.

“Before surgery I was sometimes taking 26 pills a day,” he said. “Some of the pills were huge. Sometimes I’d have to go to the bathroom 30 times in a day.

“In the four months before my surgery I was really sick and lost 55lb.

“I was still going to work at that time, but it was hard.”

Today, he is pill- and symptom-free.

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