So there I was, minding my own business, when this off the wall (or should I say, off the bag) idea came to mind. You see, It just so happens that earlier this month I celebrated my one year out of Ileostomy surgery. And it just so happens that it landed on the same week of “ostomy awareness day”. And it just so happens that our Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta lands around the same week. And we tend to have these wild and crazy tail gating parties out on the field after the flying events to celebrate a successful and beautiful morning of ballooning with all our friends, pilots and crew members from around the world. We also like to toast a little champaign and have a couple cold beers.
So back to my goofy idea – me and my loving wife, Lisa like to have a good laugh with the others all in fun. I lend her one of my extra back ups (bag & wafer) and she secretly puts it on and fills it with the bubbly of her choice. In this case, some Chardonnay Wine. It gets better folks. So as we all are having a great time sharing the beautiful morning, with cheers to a great time, Lisa asks one of her friends to help her pour a glass of wine. She hands the glass to her friend (who has no idea what to expect) and has her hold it while she lifts the side of her shirt and opens her bag to pour the wine into the glass. And that my good friends, is a BIG CHEERS TO OSTOMY AWARENESS DAY. Lisa had a chance to experience what it was like to have a full bag and a good time was had by all. ;o) -
CHEERS to my inspiring friends,