You have said it all!! You sound like such a vivacious person with sooo much energy and gratitude at being given a second chance at life. Bless you for your positive attitude. These are the stories that all those who are considering surgery, or who have just had surgery need to hear. I would love to hear of some of your experiences...
I had my surgery in 1984 due to CD and have been in remission ever since then. I was miserable for many years prior to that. Bottom line, like you said, I would have died without the surgery. The many resections just didn't work for me, and I did not respond to the meds that were out at the time. I was extremely malnourished and unable to keep water down by the time I had my surgery. Needless to say, my recovery was fairly lengthy.
I have been very active and don't let the ostomy slow me down. Most of the time I forget it is there. I bet you do to after so many years with it.
I do thoroughly enjoy EATING!!! Though I have always battled gaining weight, I have finally put on a few pounds and feel like I am finally at a decent weight. I sure wouldn't mind gaining a little more. But I went for so long on such a super restricted diet that I just love to eat. Trying different ethnic foods is something that I do enjoy. I love the old standby foods too, but won't hesitate trying something new.
I really cannot think of anything that I did before I got ill that I haven't done post-surgery. And certainly, I have done a lot of things with my ostomy that I would never even considered while I was ill!!!
Everyone has ups and downs and bumps in the road. Even healthy people without stomas. We (ostomates) just have to remember that and be thankful for the technology that is available to us now.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery