I would like some advice on going for the j pouch? Any help at all will help me make my mind up to go for the opp?

Good question. Assuming that you now have an ileostomy after total colectomy for ulcerative colitis, options now are: do nothing and leave your ileostomy in situ; ileo-proctostomy with J pouch; or continent ileostomy. Support groups are available on line. Also check with organizations such as National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis.