I had to have a temporary colostomy for about 3 months and there were alot of things that I had to get used to. Overall it was not bad if it were a life or death situation, and there were not any other options. My first reactions after I had the surgery were not good, it was very scary for me to see myself and my internal organs sticking outside of my body. But I did very well taking care of the ostomy bag anyhow, I did well keeping the area clean having one of those showers with the hand held sprayers made it easy. Yes there were leakage issues but there were products that helped, just that I had to do some research on my part to find them. Was I glad to have it reversed, yes I always felt grossed out handling my own waste, but after a while I just did not care. I guess the worst thing was for me was it was painful and still to this day I suffer ongoing issues because of the surgery. One thing that I do remember was the sounds that were present as my waste passed from my body because it was in front of my body, and I stayed away from social activities because I felt embarrased when it happened. I guess some how after time passed I would have got over that. Thats what I remember about the whole thing now that it is in my past, could I survive if it was permanant, I am not sure, maybey. Hope that helps, I am just being honest.
Well I have had an ILEOstomy since 2002 with one reversal that lasted 6 months. I am no different than I was before, well that is not true, I am more active now! I have a family, shop (for regular clothes), travel, go to college (second time around), work, excercise 5-6 times a week, ride horses, kayak occasionally and anything else I feel like doing...for me, it has given me my life back. My diagnosis is Crohn's and although I originally had small bowel problems, the last 10 years has been colon/rectal involvement.
Most people who know me have no idea I have an ostomy. Just like your stomach, an ostomy can make noise...it really isn't any different. As far as leaks go, I have never had one that couldn't be fixed with a change of product. Bodies change (and stomas, too) so sometimes you have to find a better fit...kinda like clothes!
Visit the Ostomy Forum...there are many helpful threads, especially the ones where members are trying to get all the info to make a decision. For me, I made mine before I found this wonderful site, but wouldn't have changed my outcome Good Luck!