Hi Lynn! I had the same operation as you back on June 28th, 2010. My problem was ulcerative proctitis.
I'm still having "issues" but hope they will be resolved before spring. I have no problems with my stoma or with my digestive tract. My problems are vaginal (since my operation) and osteoporosis (due to prolonged use of prednisone).
The Hollister bags leaked on me twice, so I switched to the one piece Coloplast and they are amazing! Not one leakage. I find I can eat anything as long as I chew everything thoroughly. At first I had to concentrate on the chewing but now it comes second nature.
Lots of luck to you and may you enjoy many long healthy years!