Colitis Author: Michael P. Kelly Table of Contents 1. The Background. 2. The Start of the Trouble. 3. Living with Ulcerative Colitis. 4. Having the Operation. 5. Living with an Ileostomy. 6. The Experience of Colitis and Colectomy: Coping with Illness and Surgery. References. Description Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that has a number of long-term complications and creates certain short-term problems for the sufferer. Michael Kelly, himself a sufferer, describes the experience of ulcerative colitis from the perspective of men and women who have had the disease and examines the social and psychological issues surrounding the condition.