Larry Monette became an ileostomate as a result of ulcerative colitis. Larry tried several different treatments for the disease for eight years before having his first surgery in 2012. At that time, eighty percent of his colon had become diseased.
Larry has undergone five surgeries in six years. The first surgery was in 2012 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. The second surgery in 2013, was performed to reconstruct his stoma, as the first had been made too long.
In 2015, Larry had another surgery performed at the University of Michigan Hospital to repair a parastomal hernia, and another in 2016 to repair a ventral hernia. After the last two surgeries the abdominal muscles were left untied and Larry was in constant pain and unable to eat.
In March 2018, Larry had reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Hernias were repaired and his stoma was moved to the other side. Larry states that he felt better on the day of his last surgery. His health is much improved and is now off all pain medications and able to eat.
Despite the pain, Larry always wore that infectious smile and was eager to help in a heartbeat. He has arranged for his doctor, Dr. Michael J. Rosen from the Cleveland Clinic to visit with the group.