I forgot I had the bag!

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
This weekend I went up to Grand Targhee Ski Resort with a group of friends. It was the first time since my surgery that I was completely myself, uninhibited by the bag, and didn't even think about it other than to empty after lunch. I think the reason for forgetting was due to the fact that I was covered in multiple layers of snow pants/coat and so was everybody else. I didn't have to constantly check to make sure my shirt was covering or that a bulge wasn't evolving. Yahoo for winter sports!

What else are you doing that you thought you wouldn't be able to do prior to having your colon removed?

By the way, I hadn't skiied in over 6 years due to the fact that the only bathrooms were down in the lodge....in the basement.
Dx: Crohn's/Colitis
Ileostomy May 16, 2007
I'm off the meds and only see my GI for social visits!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
well today i did something that made we wish i hadnt' had surgery (not really)! i ate a WHOLE bag of andes mints! OHHH my aching belly! i never would have done that before surgery, lol.

Equestrian Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
well, I had an ileo before my proctocolectomy, so I was doing those things before it!! I just forgot what life was like WITHOUT fistulas!! I can wear normal workout clothes and bathing suits...WHOO HOO....no 4x4's on my shopping list anymore:)

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
In the summer, I love going to waterparks and don't care that the bathrooms are very far away! cool
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

vette guy
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I went hot air ballooning the summer after my surgery. When the closest bathroom is 1000 feet straight down, it's something I NEVER would have done prior to the surgery. I also flew in an airplane glider that same summer. There's no bathroom in one of those either.
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