I agree, very normal. You're doing something scary, and guess what, you're scared. And it is sad that being sick is making you lose out on the class you love.... but try to think about how you'll be healthy now, and won't have to keep losing out on things in the future.
Yeah, poop happens.... the part that I found so hard to imagine was that I would feel SO MUCH better, and then things like poop on the hands don't matter so much. I like the coloplast bags because I think they are easier to clean.
Some crying now is healthy -- helps you release.
Remember, your life IS going to change, that's the goal -- it's going to change so you are healthy again.
49 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Surgery for lingering perineal wound on Sept 26. Other than the wound, been feeling healthier than I have in years.