Today I celebrate my 6th anuversary. On this day in 2011, I went into surgery and had my anus, rectum, and 20cm of large intestine removed, routed through my stomach, and turned into a stoma.
I wrote a book about it.
The surgery took 13 hours, give or take, and I was in hospital for 11 days (I think) thereafter. It, and the recovery process that followed, seems like a distant memory now – but an awful, awful one nevertheless.
I remain profoundly grateful to the doctors and nurses who saved my life, and to the friends and family who carried me through that recovery. I could not have done it without every last one of you.