:) Hey, I'm Mary, just joined this thing.
I had my Ileostomy four weeks ago (I'm 18) and so far I've got my confidence back by completely changing my appearence.. like I cut all my (long) hair off and dyed it a crazy colour, and got a facial piercing.. Not sure how that helped but it did.. probably because I thought people paid more attention to that than the rest of me, which made me feel better, like people weren't looking. But then I decided not to try and hide it, and to tell everyone I know about
my stoma, so I did and it made it easier. It gets it all upfront so you don't have to worry that if you leave it too long someone might change the way they feel about
So two ideas there, really. Then again, I'm a very changeble person.
And at the end of the day, it's your personality and who you are that's important, not a bag attached to your stomach.
(Wow, I sound so much more confidant than I am! :P)
Peace Out :)
Never Give Up, Never Surrender
.. Stoma Girl ..
.. Ileostomy following Crohn's Disease, 2007, aged 18 ..
.. Time between diagnosis and operation - one year ..
.. Journal of stoma-affected life : <a href="http://stomagirl.livejournal.com">Here ..</a>