I know exactly how you feel. I had mine out 4 years ago after serious pancreatitis. It's a hard decision. The one thing I have learned about is that there is a root cause for stones and that usually involves a bad lipid profile, ie. Hi triglycerides. Sometimes a serious diet change and more exercise can reverse things. My case was problematic, but some other people avoid surgery. My neighbor did exactly that and I'm envious. Everyone reacts differently to the lack of a GB. Some people get instant diarrhea every time they eat a meal others just have liver congestion others no problems. I think it is more common to have some kind of noticeable change though. I wish you well and if you have any questions about it, let me know.