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Although nobody had a response for my post, I thought I'd post an update just in case anyone encounters this in the future.

I am now back to my normal pre-cancer diet without any of the post-surgical side-effects, but I'm afraid I won't be able to tell you why.  Up until March of 2012 I was still having the problems with sugar.  THEN, I got a bowel obstruction.  No particular cause.  I guess when one has abdominal surgery, the risk of obstruction is much higher due to adhesions -scar tissue that forms on and between the intestines, sometimes producing bands of tissue.  That is what happened in my case, and things got looped up and blocked.

First line treatment is bowel rest.  No food or drink, and  a tube into your stomach to suck out any liquids.  IV liquids only.  After serveral days of that with no resolution, I opted for surgery.  It was done laparascopically, but my recovery from this was more difficult than the earlier surgeries, including an abscess that prolonged recovery.  For all intents and purposes, I didn't eat for almost two weeks.

The wild thing is, once I got back to eating normal food, all of my prior sugar troubles were gone.  I am back to normal.  I can't explain it other than the first surgeries killed off my intestinal flora, and something about the last episode restored them.  That's all I've got.  The probiotics I tried never really helped to restore that balance for some reason.

I feel like a formerly pregnant woman who forgets the pain of delivery.  The obstruction episode was extremely trying, but I'm going to now say it was worth it to restore my diet.  No pain, no gain I guess.  But I wouldn't recommend it.

I had an illeostomy due to rectal cancer from late May to late August of this year (2011).  Since the takedown, I'd say I'm pretty much back to normal now, with the exception of not being able to tolerate sugar, whether processed in sweets and pastries, or natural in fruits.  Prior to the sugery I was one of those lucky few who could eat a lot of sugar and not gain weight from it - so I did. 

I am 4 months post-takedown and cannot tolerate sugar in my diet at all.  Even ingesting small amounts produces VERY bad gas and looser and frequent stools for the rest of the day - but not standard diarrhea that is usually watery.  I've read quite a bit on the web about the fact people can't tolerate sugar like me.  But I've not seen anything about whether this is permanent, if the body will slowly learn to tolerate it, or if there is some dietary process to go through to make the body learn its old ways. 

I'd love to hear from anyone for whom this sounds familiar and learn whether there is hope.

I am typing this in a room next to my sister-in-law's 4 large plastic totes filled with homemade candies brought for the Christmas family holiday, gingerbread boys, cupcakes, cookies, etc.  Ugghh!!  Woe is me!!

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