Thanks for posting your story, I thought I would add a few things for others who may be new to the whole Ostomy experience.
I had my ileostomy done in February 07 and although that is not as long as others I have found a few ways to make it work.
A lot of people have asked about
this - I found a couple at www.landsend.com that work great!
They have skirtini's, tankini's and others that hide my stoma and allow me to wear my normal size pouch.
I was single when my ileostomy surgery was done but have since met someone who things I am crazy for being insecure.
Everybody is different and being insecure is normal, but try to keep in mind that your disease/ostomy is not who you are.
Tube tops work great for conealing your pouch - as well most appliances also have mini disposable pouches available which will last for an hour or two. I prefer these because the pendulum effect of the pouch is not very sexy.
Tube tops and tight fitted tank tops help to conceal the bulge of a pouch. I generally wear something underneath my shirts so I do not have to be insecure about
Often Jeans that fit well in the hips are tight around the waist so I stole a trick from a pregnant friend of mine.
Loop an elastic through the button hole and then hook onto the button - instead of doing them up. This keeps the zipper up and provides for an extra inch in case of bloating.
Empire waist band dresses are awesome and tucking the pouch into my underwear helps keep it tight to the body so its not as noticeable.
I keep a travel size ostomy deodorizer in the my purse along with a mini 'Glade' air freshner. This way if I am at a wedding or event I don’t have to be embarassed about
I would love to hear any other tips that people may have!
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