i use to couldn't...but now i can!

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summerstorm
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   Posted 7/20/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
ya'll know i like to start these little corny feel good threads, lol.  In this one, i am going to put a few things that i used to not be able to do, but that now i can.
For instance
 
I used to could not get a tan, (all those meds and being so sick) but now i look like i have been on the beach for three weeks straight!
 
I used to could not go out with friends, but i have been out at least one night every week to a bar or party for the past two months, and last week i was out four nights with my friends, takign my son some of the times.
 
I used to coudlnt' bring myself to smile or laugh, now i do it all the time!
 

justjenjen
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   Posted 7/20/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you Summerstorm! I wish I could tan!! Unfortunately, I have many forms of pasty-white folk in my bloodlines. I'm going to school this fall --full time, nonetheless!!!--I've never been able to do that before ( I have tons of W's on my transcripts!!). Yep, I'm going to be the weird old person sitting in class with all the 18-19 year olds.

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/20/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
hey don't feel bad about that at all! i know you are not this old, but there was a 90 year old woman who graduated from college recently! My family is funny, we are either dark, like really dark, or really really white. My mom and sis are the really really white ones, and me and my Dad (except while i was sick) are the really really dark ones, lol.
I posted this cause i was kind of ill with this thing the past couple of days, and stuff like this is what makes me feel better about it. I hope other people will think of things like this when they are annoyed with their bags also!

SubColectomyHereICome
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   Posted 7/20/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you, summerstorm! Congrats!!!!!

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/20/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
everyone is supposed to add one, you have to put one

Shaz032
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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't do much of anything. I remember my parents taking us three kids on holiday when I was about 9 years old and spending most of it curled up in bed in pain.

Now I can do whatever I want (sort of, old age and arthritis is catching up lol, I used to do a lot more things when I was younger). My ileostomy lets me do whatever I want to do, it just comes along for the ride.
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have gone back to school, too! My friend who works in admissions says that the median age at my college is 29...that doesn't make me feel so old! I definately feel smarter than I did when I was 18!

Something I couldn't do before my ostomy: My daughter rides horses and shows several weekends a month and now I can go and be with her ALL DAY! (and somedays they start at 3:30AM) I NEVER could have done that before "Stanley":)

badbaggirl
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   Posted 7/21/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I never wore a pair of white pants because of accidents and all the disease around THAT area so I wore pads and hoped that I wouldn't bleed through. Now I wear them every chance I can! (I never have many leaks from the bag either!)
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


justjenjen
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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow--29, huh? I wonder how I always end up in classes with the young ones?!? Last class I took was about 3 years ago and I was the 3rd oldest in the class--including the teacher! Good luck to you!

Angela101
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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I can choose when I want to go to the bathroom!
This is the biggest accomplishment for me!!
Sometimes the bag has a mind of its own - but no more mad dashes to the toilet for me!!
Dx/ed October 2003,
April 2004 - Surgery - 2ft of small bowel removed
Feb 2007 - Surgery again and a temporary ileostomy
Present - on Remicade waiting for surgery to reverse the ileostomy - Health Care System in Canada sucks - wait list is 6+ months.
 
 
 


flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I can eat anything I want without any pain!

I can sleep through the night without having to go to the bathroom.

I can shop for hours without having to beeline it to the restroom.

I don't have to take medicine or see doctors anymore!
I can finally take a vacation!!! yeah
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


missvirginiagirl
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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I know since my surgery I have been able to go back to work full time, I no longer an vomiting and in constant pain, and I can pretty much eat whatever I want. Life is definitely better!! I am still constipated which is frustrating, but even that is not as bad as before. I am much happier now :-)
Sigmoid Resection due to sigmoidocele 3/07
Total Colectomy due to colonic inertia 2/08


Ohio43
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   Posted 7/22/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to not be able to eat really spicy foods - now I can eat them all the time. I can also eat White Castle's every now and then. Before, I'd worry about - you know what. Now, no big deal!

peggy113
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   Posted 7/24/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Great Thread Summer!!!  Going on a long plain ride without being miserable... and using the midget potties only "quick" couple of times during the whole ride.


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


vette guy
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   Posted 8/1/2008 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to "could not" wear a Speedo on the beach.........still can't! Oh well, I guess an ostomy can't fix everything!

peggy113
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   Posted 8/1/2008 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
My sentiments Vette Guy!  (lol)

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/1/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
lol i used to couldn't wear a bikini either, and i still can't! although that has more to do with the pred from UC than the ostomy! so actually had i had the ostomy earlier i might would be able to wear a bikini.
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