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M/28/6’1” [130lbs to 160lbs] (3 years) + Gaining weight after getting my colon removed

M/28/6’1” [130lbs to 160lbs] (3 years) + Gaining weight after getting my colon removed

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F/22/5’8 [190lbs > 158lbs = 32lbs] Didn’t realize how big I got. Saw myself in the first photo and decided to lose the weight. I feel so much better!

F/22/5’8 [190lbs > 158lbs = 32lbs] Didn’t realize how big I got. Saw myself in …


  1. After 4 years of dealing with Crohn’s disease, I ended up getting my colon removed and got a colostomy bag. Yesterday was 3 years exactly since my surgery and my life has been 1000 times better since. I never thought I’d be comfortable enough to post shirtless pictures when I got my surgery, but hopefully this can inspire people at least a little. Most of the progress came in the past 5 months so I’m hoping to see even more change by the end of the year.

  2. You look nice and toned! If you don’t mind me asking, is it challenging to date?

  3. My dad had colon cancer in the early 1970s. During my lifetime (I arrived twenty years later) he used a patch over the stoma and would use an irrigation process once a day. I never ever thought twice about it, because he was my dad, and moreover it had existed before my memory even begins. It was totally normal.

    It was only when I was older and noticed that my friends behaved weirdly if they saw him shirtless, and then the first time I met a young person still very obviously dealing with emotional unease that I clued in to just how traumatic it must be; only then did I begin to think about what my dad’s life might have been like in the early days of his recovery.

    All of this to say—I appreciate the amount of courage sharing these pictures must demand of you. I am so glad you feel better and I hope your strength, wellbeing, and confidence only grow with your years. My dad lived and lived well until he was 84. I hope you have happiness for all those years and more!

  4. So inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Keep it up! Fellow chrohis kid here. I understand the difficulty, especially when you are all over the map like me…you’re doing great!!!

  6. Awesome progress! The gain in your legs is huge!

  7. My best friend is 5+ years after getting his colon removed too. Life is much better for him. Congrats to you

  8. You look so much healthier, you are an inspiration! Keep it up! IBD (Crohns and UC) and anyone who suffers with them have a battle to fight. I wish you all the best in your journey to a healthier life!

  9. Is that the same pair of underwear, or just a similar one?? Because if it’s the same, wow! The difference in your thighs alone is amazing.

  10. I’m so curious about the bag. I’m still what my doctor calls at risk for getting one. I had half of my colon removed in February. But I have diverticulitis

  11. My daughter was in first grade when we learned that she would need to have a total colectomy done as her colitis was not responding to medications. We just hit our 5 year anniversary since surgery so I know, personally, the challenges that you meet on a daily basis. I am in awe of how she adapted and how well she manages her ileostomy but Im always looking for adults like you to keep her inspired to embrace her bag and not be ashamed. You, sir, are it. I cannot wait to show her this post and I am SO proud of you for putting yourself out there. I’m so happy that you, too, have been able to achieve the quality of life you deserve. Best to you! 💕

  12. Congratulations man keep up the good progress!

  13. You are an inspiration my friend.

  14. Looking good Bro! Keep up the great work and thank you for the inspiration!!

  15. Congratulations! So inspiring to see your journey to health.

  16. man, sometimes life can be rough man, way to handle is so well

  17. That’s so awesome! My Dad suffered from Crohns his whole life—it’s so nice to see someone embracing it! The bags I remember can be a bit farty (for lack of a better term) but ultimately worth it to be pain free for so long! Congrats on your success!

  18. You look much healthier (and you are according to your comment). You look great and are as well very handsome. Congratulations!

  19. Great work!!
    Sorry for my ignorance but how does the colostomy bag actually work? How is it connected to you and does it hurt?
    Again I’m sorry but I’m curious and never got a chance to ask.

  20. I love progress pics like these! Making progress can be an uphill battle in so many different ways. Congrats, OP! You look healthy. 🙂

  21. My husband’s grandmother chose to get a risky experimental surgery at the age of 63 because she did not want to have a colostomy bag and she ended up dying. She knew the choice was high risk or the bag and she chose dying over one. This was back in the 90s. Just wanted to share that some people think it’s the end of the world and you’re an inspiration that life is what you make of it!

  22. You are looking super fit!

    Hope you are feeling well.

  23. My dad had diverticulitis in his colon and they were suppose to snip out a 1 inch peice then put the ends back together. What ended up happening is the doctor messed up and the joint segment started leaking, septic, coma, ext. luckily he recovered quickly but had a colostomy. He has the colostomy for around 5 years then the doctors decided to reverse it and they were successful this time. Keep making the best of your life, it’s too short 🙂

  24. I appreciate your sense of humor that you would put a poop emoji over your colostomy bag

  25. This is fantastic! Great jobs on the gains! My bf of 4 yrs is about to have the j pouch surgery. He doesn’t have crohns but FAP (a genetic mutation that causes a lot of polyps in his colon which gives similar symptoms to crohns). Great to hear in your other posts how great you’re feeling. He’s not too worried about the bag itself, just moreso the surgery in general. How was your recovery? Anything you wish you did/didn’t do during? I told my bf I “bedazzle” his bag lol he is 29, so around our age, so it’s just refreshing to see this. Nice to know you feel great!!!

  26. You look awesome! May I ask what your diet and workout consist of? I’ve had Crohn’s since I was 12 (28 now) and (as I’m sure you’re well aware) diet is the biggest hurdle for me. I had a bowel resection at age 16 and then got put on Remicade after and have been mostly stable since then. I want to keep it that way and working out always makes me feel better. I just don’t push myself if I start to flare. It’s nice knowing there are other Crohnies out there who are able to accomplish things like this 🙂

  27. I am a nurse so I know how hard the struggle can be with a colostomy and Crohn’s and nutrition. You are doing it though, that’s amazing. I may direct my friend to this thread, she had rectal cancer and a resection last year and still has her colostomy. They were hopeful they could reverse it but it’s looking less likely and she’s quite down about that. I think it would inspire her to see another young person with one obviously staying healthy and being confident in their body.

    Great job OP!

  28. So happy you’re feeling better!

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