Chaza- Believe me when I tell you this, but 20 years ago (I've had an ostomy since 4/05/89), I felt the same way you do now! For starters don't listen to "everyone" (you mentioned in your post that "everyone tells you...."). Listen to those that are here on this forum, because "everyone" doesn't have an ostomy, yet "everyone" seems to have an opinion! Plus, I've NEVER shared the fact with my coworkers about
my ostomy, primarily because it's none of their business! However, the choice is your's. Also, though my 1st ET nurse was a Godsend( I've actually put her in my will!)....I've met some really crumby ETs over the years. It's no different than chefs, mechanics, or plumbers.....there are good ones and there are bad ones!!!
But, to address another part of your post:
You have concerns about how your ostomy will have an impact on you professionally. Please believe me...those were my concerns initially as well. But, I've held very high profile, high exposure positions for the last 20 years. Just like the rest of us...you'll get through it! It's just a matter of time, Kiddo!!
And if you need further confirmation...just go through some of my posts. I am extremely sympathetic and loving to my fellow ostomy brothers and sisters....but I'm a pitbull professionally. In fact, most of my professional successes have occured AFTER my surgery. You'll get there.....I PROMISE!!!
BTW...what the heck is a "stone",lol?!
Post Edited (vette guy) : 1/7/2010 1:09:50 PM (GMT-7)