Having surgeries for IBD isn’t uncommon. In July 2015, I had a left hemicolectomy. Diagnosed with Crohn’s for less than a year, I already had a couple of bowel obstructions. Colonoscopies showed that I had a very large section of my colon that was severely diseased, and without a doubt, it had to be removed. At the time, I was very sick. The hope was that having the worst portion of my colon removed would greatly help my symptoms and increase my chances of going into remission. At the very least, the aim was to stop the obstructions due to that portion of the colon. Fast forward a few years, and although my symptoms did improve a fair amount, I did not go into remission. My case of Crohn’s disease is a little tricky. Over the years, I have had times when my bowels would stop moving and I would go 1-2 weeks without having bowel movements. Bowel obstructions were always a concern, so my doctor would order tests to find out why; these included X-rays and CT scans. Most of the time, we always saw that my colon would be backed up all the way to the bottom left portion, then would be empty. I was told this was functioning bowel obstruction.