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The J-Pouch Explained in Plain English.

A common conversation in my life…

Me: So I have IBD and because of it I had to have my colon and rectum removed and I now have a J-pouch. 

Person: Soooooo….[eyes look at my body searching for an external ostomy bag] how do you go to the bathroom?Me: Just like anyone else. Person: So you don’t have a colostomy bag? 

Me: *rolls eyes [it’s ileostomy you fool!]* No I don’t, my pouch is internal and it’s made out of my small intestine. 

Person: *stunned look on their face which quickly changes to confusion* Oh. Well I’m glad you’re okay!