RIP Colon

Stephanie Marie Lindsey Hughes’ colon left this world May 7, 2012. It was 26 years old. The colon was removed during a planned colectomy at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.

Stephanie’s colon was born March 8, 1986, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC.

The colon spent the first 13 years of its life providing sustenance and digestive aid to Stephanie. In 1999, the colon was determined to be inflamed as a result of Crohn’s Disease. The colon spent the final half of its life struggling to provide the same vital services, but eventually succumbed to the disease.

The colon is survived by its host of 26 years, Stephanie. After several weeks of recovery, she hopes to return to a normal life.  The colon has been replaced by an ostomy and stoma.

In lieu of flowers, please consider hugging the ostomate in your life today.

Sit down, stay a while. I'd love to hear from you.

  1. What a great idea. Our stories are similar, but my colectomy when I was 31 (although I had a temporary ostomy from 26-28) and my surgery was in Denver. Stephanie, I hope you have as much relief from Crohns as I have.

  2. Hi Stephanie, my name is Wendy I am 56 years old. I got UC when I was about 24 years old. This got steadily worse and ended up in 1988 when I was 30, I had two young daughters 3 year old and a few months old. I had a total colectomy and j.pouch formed. I had a temporary ileostomy for a few months whilst pouch healed. Then I had it reversed. I was ok for a good few years, just lots of visits to the loo, sometimes very urgent indeed. Then in 2004 I was ill again and it was discovered that I have CROHNS disease in my small bowel and pouch. I have been on AZATHIOPRINE for 7/8 years and coping ok. We have just emigrated to New Sealand from the UK, to be near our daughter and three grandchildren. I have had an ABCESS in my bottom and now have a fistul. I go in for surgery and seton drain fitting next Wednesday. I am a teaching Assistant with SEN kids in a High School. But life is good in many ways. There’s always someone worse off than me. I hope you continue to get well and fitter and stronger. Keep smiling.

  3. What a fabulous idea! I lay mine to rest around 19 months ago. I often wonder what actually happened to it and where it went after it was removed!! I am planning on celebrating my stomaversary every year on 24 September. Keep up the awesome work 🙂