I have a good friend who almost died of diverticulitis. It got completely out of control, she was septic, had multiple surgeries, and was in a medically induced coma on a respirator for at least 3 weeks.
She had a stoma that was eventually reversed. Very difficult operation, because of extensive tissue damage. Later, she had a hernia that was also fixed, with much difficulty. Her surgeon for both of these procedures was willing to try where others were not.
Many people have diverticulitis, but it is nothing to sneeze at.
F, 64 at DX CRC Stage IV
3/17/18 blockage, r hemi
11 of 25 nodes,5 mesentery nodes
5mm liver met out
pT3 pN2b pM1
BRAF wild, KRAS G12D
7/18 CT NED
11/18 CT NED
12/18 MRI 5mm liver mass, 2 lymph nodes in porta hepatis
6/19 Multiphasic CT LNs normal, Liver stable
6/28/19 Pause Key, predisone for joint pain
7/31/19 Restart Key
9/19 CT stable
Pain: many fails before Celebrex helps
12/23/19 CT stable