I was given a colostomy in '89 which was converted to an ileostomy in '04. both times were due to fistulas as a result of crohn's. I had my share of embarassing moments BEFORE my surgery. I had so many perianal(probably spelled wrong) fistulas that often if I had flatulence it would pass through the fistulas with a high pitched whistling sound. It sounded like Mariah Carey stuck in a bear trap!!! And the pain was incredible. I can honestly say that after 17 years with an ostomy I wouldn't switch back if I could. It's like the devil you know versus the devil you don't know. Sure there are times when I want to shout out loud and feel sorry for myself. Luckily that doesn't happen very often. I too am very active and play physical sports. And yes I make certain concessions about what I can and can't do. But it's nothing compared to the emotional prison I was in before my surgery.