I am glad and hope this helps people understand what an ostomy is.
I had some general knowledge about an ostomy because I have a cousin who had a colostomy for over 40 years. She was very open about and of course I was interested in her condition because of my love for her.
Now that I have one I see how many friends and relatives do not have a clue what a colostomy is.
My sister in law asked if they closed the hole and took the bag off by now. She did not know that it takes major surgery to reverse the colostomy. Just sew up the hole and bingo it is all gone is what most people think happens when you feel better. We truly need people to know about our condition and the stigma of our colostomy can make people understand that it is not gross. They cringe when you tell them you have a appliance on your belly and that is where your poo goes. Some gasp and say OMG how gross. just blurt it out with out thinking that is not a nice thing to say. Oh well just wondering how is OCTOBER 6th Going to get the message out and get people aware of ostomies. What they do not know that it could happen to anyone of them. I never gave it a thought it could happen to me.
I do know this it has been one of the hardest roads for me to go down. Because I almost died and suffered so much pain through out this road of recovery. I know all of you here on this site truly understand what I am talking about.
God bless all of you my heart truly goes out to all my ostomy mates who are hurting.
Edited August 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm