You should be fine, Devin. I've been an ostomate for going on 6 years now. I do martial arts (judo, brazilian jujitsu & others), and I'm a vertical caver as well. So I rappel & ascend ropes, crawl on my belly through rocky cave passages, etc without any trouble from my ostomy. I also love trail running, hiking, & camping. You can do pretty much whatever you set your mind on. You might find www.ostomyathlete.com an interesting read as well. And don't worry about having to detour your skiing into the woods to empty. That won't be as much of a problem as you are thinking. There are also low-profile stoma protectors that you can get if you're concerned about hurting your stoma when you wipe out on the slopes. My life as an ostomate is awesome! The people as Shaz's site where I hang out are probably sick of hearing me say this! It's what you make of it, Devin, and I chose to make mine an adventure! I have a photo sharing site where I share my activities with the world if you want to check it out. I began it for ostomates in fact. It's www.randycain.smugmug.com. As a fellow caver says, "LIVE while you are ALIVE!" Good luck to you, Devin! And feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you want.
Post Edited (Randy C.) : 3/26/2006 2:39:19 AM (GMT-7)
Thanks for your reply! I checked out your website - very inspiring. Good luck in the TransRockies race.
Oops Randy, I just realized that www.ostomyathlete.com is not your website! Ha! Must be the Monday morning fog that's clouding my brain. I did check out your real website though - you're into some crazy stuff man! That cave climbing looks great, I'll have to try it sometime...
I'm glad you've seen my site. Hopefully you checked out Rob Hill at ideas-na.com too. Rob is a bit closer to you in disease experience; yet he is still managing to do REALLY BIG mountain climbs.
As far as having an ostomy and doing sports go: I wouldn't have it any other way. Sometimes the pouches leak during workouts or races, but sometimes they leak for no reason too. Nothing is perfect, we just have to adapt. Anyone I know who has had IBD and then done the ostomy surgery has had a really good recovery and their health has improved drastically. Ostomy management is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. I have done a lot of skiing, rarely had any problems with the pouch; and its really easy to go in the wild when you have to without freezing the tender bits.
One bit of advice I would give you if and when you have the surgery, don't compromise your quality of life for pouch wear time. The products are expensive for certain, but life isn't much fun when your sitting on the couch for fear of springing a leak. Don't worry about the small stuff, and believe me after a time, leaks will really be the little things.
Feel free to contact me anytime.