I just got a new job thanks to my ostomy. I didn't say anything about it. However, I have to have surgery on Thursday to remove some scar tissue, so my principal (I'm a teacher) asked why. She was genuinely concerned. I told her I had had previous surgeries due to Crohn's and she asked if I had "a bag" and I said yes. I'm not going to lie, plus I don't mind telling people, and she didn't care. If anything she feels bad for me, which is fine. Not going to lose my job over it.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention).