Welcome, Mum of Five. I'm sorry you've been through so much in the past couple of years.
I had my colon and rectum removed 5 years ago (due to Crohn's) and have had a permanent ileostomy ever since. I've never had a hernia, nor have I heard many people here posting about
them, so I would not let that be a worry for you.
I'm able to live my life to the full and eat whatever I want, exercise, travel, swim, work full time, you name it, without any problems or restrictions.
I'm glad you found this site. Everyone here is very caring and helpful. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have (or cry on our shoulders), we're here to help in any way we can!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.