Thanks so much to you all, peggy, Shaz, Gillcom and Chloe, for the great information. It is very comforting to know that people like the stoma nurses you talked about
really take the time and effort to make sure that our stoma will affect our lives as little as possible!
Shaz, I think that is great that I can test out wearing a bag before I even would have to. I am supposed to get an ileostomy, but know I am putting it off (the need is not immediate, but the surgeons have said--and they are right--the sooner the better). I seriously think I might order some stuff just to "test it out" on me at home. Maybe if I sit around with it on and get used to the idea/feeling, I will not be so scared about
having the procedure done. Or, people will just think I am nuts.
Take care everyone. This site truly is a comfort to me.