I can answer honestly 'no' to this question. Even when I made a mess all over the pavement once while waiting for the school bus, not one of the other kids ever commented although they couldn't have failed to notice.
I have seen people give a quick glance at my tummy after I've told them about
my bag, to see if they can see anything, but I guess that's just a natural reaction to being told something like that about
another person. No one has ever made a negative comment about
it to me. Instead, I usually get 'wow! I would never have known!', or (the comment I DO hate) 'you poor thing, you're so brave' (I don't consider myself brave, without it I would have died, there was no choice really).
People seem to just accept I have a bag without a problem. If they ask, I will explain it in more detail to them. Never have I had anyone react in a negative way, even with boyfriends (who will usually ask 'can I hurt it', 'does it stop you from doing anything' etc) for which I'm eternally greatful.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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