Post Edited (vette guy) : 3/22/2009 9:52:38 AM (GMT-6)
Since having my colectomy and jpouch surgery I have accomplished the following:
1. Hiked 200 thru miles across England
2. Hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon
3. Hiked 100 thru miles in Scotland
4. Hiked 100 thru miles in Ireland
5. Hiked 80 thru miles on the John Muir Trail in the Sierras
I have also hiked and kayaked in Turkey, and the Chilean Patagonia. I have traveled to Middle East, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland, and France. Next stop Asia.
I vote Sue and VG as this forums Ostomy Man and Ostomy Woman!!! Wow, both of you are pretty amazing.
I have to admit that most of my adult life, I have been fortunate to be disease free thanks to my ostomy, so therefore, it has just become a part of my life. It's kind of like .... if you don't know life any other way, this way becomes your "normal" way. I'm kinda like that now. I just can't imagine living my life in the pain I was in before my surgery. I would have been bathroom/house bound for my entire life and certainly not a happy person.
Instead, I went to college for 2 years, worked at a civil service job full time in OH for 9 1/2 years, moved to IN with my fiancee, bought a home in IN, got married, worked full time at Indiana University for 11 years, then part time for 8 years; built a new home doing a majority of the labor ourselves, and on and on. Just LIFE!
Without this Bag, I would not have been well enough to be available to help my mom thru the sudden death of my father in 2000 and then the sole caregiver for my mother when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and passed in 2005. And now my DH has ALS, and I will be his caregiver. I need to stay healthy for him, and this ostomy has allowed me to remain disease free! My lifeline of sorts. I blessed every day that I am able to stay healthy and not be malnourished or in pain to be there to help others.
Post Edited (Shaz032) : 3/23/2009 5:43:30 AM (GMT-6)
As some others have said, thank ou for this post. As someone who is waiting for their surgery on April 16, these types of posts make me feel like I can come out of this and be the better husband I haven't been to my wife over the last 10 years of UC.
Thank you and love to all