It is a totally life altering event - and you should be concerned. However, by listing the pros and cons of having this surgery, I think you will realize that the pros overcome the cons and you will once again be healthy. You will be able to start life over again, so to speak, feeling like a new person. Yea, you will have some adjustments. Having an ostomy really isn't bad, it's just an adjustment. Once you overcome the mental part of it, it's just a part of life. Does all that make sense?
Once you make your decision, go forward. Research all there is to learn about having a colostomy. Be prepared. With the internet, researching and finding answers becomes so much easier. Communicating with us here on this forum is a good learning tool as well.
Best of luck to you and be sure to ask any questions you may have. That is what we are here for.
I know there are many "satisfied customers" here on this web site - me for one. I didn't have a choice when I had my surgery but I am one of those very satisfied customers. I have a new life, without Crohn's Disease. What more can I ask for? I lead a very normal, active life. And I love to eat!!!!
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery