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   Posted 2/12/2008 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I started a new job at the Lions Hearing Institute last week. One of the cool things is that I was sitting at the computer one lunchtime and looking at my site when the girl who was training me that day, glanced over and said 'THAT'S where I know you from!" Turns out she had temporary ileostomy surgery last year and has visited my site several times and even knows some of the people I chat with from an Aussie Crohns Colitis site :) She's having the second part of her j pouch surgery this week. Now I know why my two interviewers turned to each other and smiled knowingly when I was telling them about my ileostomy and my site, but of course they couldn't tell me why rofl.
Even though I live in a city of 3 million people, it does seem to be a really small world. If she hadn't had seen me looking at my site, neither of us would have known the other was an ostomate!

I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 2/12/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
That's amazing... what a small world indeed!! Congratulations on your new job, too!! tongue

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain free, med free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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   Posted 2/12/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that's is amazing! How do you like your new job?

Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Sub-Total colectomy in September 2007 for colonic inertia.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's and UC at 17 (now 21). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.
Husband HLA B27 postive with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.

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   Posted 2/12/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow thats awesome! congrats on your new job! and i bet it made u feel good inside realizing how many people in this big old world that you touch! from australia to america u help alot of us!
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting has been my Godsend...Thank you

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   Posted 2/12/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on the job! You do look mighty nice in that photo. I guess I need to check out photobucket more often. Keep us up to date on your new job, k?
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 2/13/2008 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. The new job is challenging but I like it :) I have brain strain lol I had 1/2 days training on Cochlear Implants yesterday morning (I'll be admin co-ordinator in the Implant Centre at the Hearing Clinics) and am going to have to become familiar with all the small parts so I can identify them if any parts need to be sent off for repair. It's so cool the way it all works.
It was just pretty cool discovering both of us are ostomates and doing the same job :) The work is a lot different to what I've done before so it's a big learning curve, but I'm enjoying it.

I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
Moderator of the Ostomy Forum
I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!

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