anybody a fire fighter with an Ileostomy?

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   Posted 8/17/2007 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this forum.  I have a question?  Is there anybody out there who is a fire fighter with an ileostomy?
Please let me know.  Have some questions!

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   Posted 8/17/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
not me, but I wanted to say welcome. Hope that you can get your questions answered. Maybe you could just post your questions, someone might be able to help in some way.... Anyway, glad you found us.
Living with Crohns for 1 year. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful little girls.
One blessing that came with my Crohns: I thank God for each day that I can get out of bed and take care of my girls and my home.

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   Posted 8/17/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   


Thank you for the welcome and advice to just post the question :-)

I have had Crohn's since I was 14 yrs old and have had an ileostomy since I was 20 (nice challenge for a young female).  I am now 38 :-)

I am an HR Manager at a great company and have recently started a new "passion" as an EMT with a local Fire Department.  The next step is also becoming certified as a Fire Fighter.  I was curious if there is anybody out there who is a fire fighter with an ileostomy and if they had any tips/suggestions/experiences to share.  They say it shouldn't be a problem but just thought I'd ask.

Thanks in advance!


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   Posted 8/17/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Amy and welcome.


Congrats on your passion! My fiance (in two months, husband) is a new firefighter/EMT and has met another ff/EMT with Crohn's. I don't know if he has an ostomy or ileostomy, but I will ask for you!

...on a side note...the way I knew that my fiance had found the right 'fit' for him was when he decided to become a firefighter...he is absolutely the strongest person I've ever known; physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically. If there's something too difficult for Matt to handle physically, he is strong enough mentally to get through it. His strength has honestly been what's helped me since I've been dx'd.

...You're the combination of that strength. The strength that is inherent in any firefighter--the thing that drives them to that passion of finding their 'fit' as a firefighter, and the strength that is inherent in someone who's overcome a very tough and bumpy road.

I am completely in awe of you.



Diagnosed with Crohn's 5.2006 by: Capsule Endoscopy, Prometheus Labs IBD-First Step
7.2006-Dx'd with Severe CD by Colonoscopy (Have had 3 scopes in 1 year!)
Gastroparesis, Severe IBS-D
Remicade, Prevacid, Colazol, Lotronex

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