Cleo, oh how I love that saying about the cherries!! Good one! And how bout that - my name is Cindy also.
New Member: Comfort > I had an ileostomy in 98 for about a yr. and it was hell - I don't ever want to go down that road again.
Seriously don't forget to think about the intimacy part of it. There are small privacy bag attachments you can get but they were too small & they filled up too quickly.
Its always there on your side ... when you look in the mirror ... and for me it did a lot of damage to my self-esteem. I was so embarrassed and I still had many problems with leaks and blockages and I still had to be close to a bathroom because the bag would get full pretty fast - very liquidy stool and bad smell all the time too. I was like 23 or so then and now i am 33 & I pray that I can hang on to whatever colon & rectum I have left - which is very very little. Many say that its the best choice they ever made but I'm telling you do your research - its not a fix all - having the bag comes with a lot of "other luggage"! Good luck & best of health! Have a good Christmas & try to enjoy the holidays!
praying for a good night's sleep and a happy bottom!! :o]
1998: Colitis - removal of colon, temp. ostomy 10 mths.
2000-07: disease free & doing well with j pouch.
2007-09: rectal pain & discomfort, loss of bowl control. diagnosed with Crohns March '09 currently on: Emtec, Azathioprine [Imarun] & Remicade. Med History: steroids, predizone, cipro, loperamide [imodium], gravol, previcid, cholestramine, xylocaine jelly, zinc oxide creme, etc.