(sorry guys its nothing funny, lol)
so in another thread we talked about how we would like to see a segment on ostomies on the doctors tv show. so i have been working on a letter, please give me honest opinions!
I am writing on behalf of the members of the ostomy board on healingwell.com. Everyday we answer and ask questions regarding ostomies. There is so little information readily available and must of it is misinformation. Because of this we read posts from people who are afraid of surgery because they dont have the correct information. So many people suffer from ulcerative collitis, crohns disease, chronic constipaion and other diseases, pumping their bodies full of dangerous drugs and suffering needlessly because they dont understand ostomies. Many people think they will be confined to their homes because of a smell, or that people will be able to tell just by looking. They think they wont be able to wear the clothes they want to. Or that their quality of life will be compromised, that they will be unable to run, or swim or hike. Or that their diet will be restricted. When in reality, all of these are misconceptions. People with ostomies can, and do, anything they want!
If you could spend some time on your show clearing up some of these myths up, maybe fewer people would continue suffering out of fear. Many of the people on the board with ostomies held on needlessly to our colons, because we didnt know how much better life would be with an ostomy! Your show is always good about providing factual information in a way everyone can understand. And if you would touch on this subject and let people see someone with an ostomy, it would go a long way into clearing up all these misconceptions.
Please take this into consideration. Thank you for reading.
Members of the ostomy board on healing well.com
(mods, please let me know if its ok to use the website name!)
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-