Ok so for my 1st FAQ:
Will we still be able to have kids?
Hm, tough one. The actual procedures themselves will not affect my reproductive organs. There is, however, a statistic out there that after an Illeoanal Reservoir you are 30% more likely to have fertility issues. But (and now for the real kicker). . . FAP is a genetic disease. If I were to have a child, my child would have a 50% chance of having FAP.
Now for a slight glimmer of hope. In vitro fertilization. Through IVF they are now able to do PGD (pre-implantation genetic testing) . They can test the embryos for the FAP gene and then only implant the embryos without the gene. But (again another big but here) approximately 20% of people with FAP do not test positive for the gene. That means that we could go through all this and still implant an embryo that had FAP.
So, with that said it all a huge crap shoot. As to what Scott and I
might do. . . We don't know. We would have to wait at least one year after my last surgery before even beginning to try, so we have some time to think about it.
As for the pictures in todays post, they are from The Fourth. Since the fireworks on the lake aren't quite so speculator anymore, my cousins and I created our own fireworks display. With glowsticks. Its good to be able to entertain yourself.