The first time I was faced with surgery I was 16 years old. I was worried about having surgery, but I didn't really know what having an ostomy could mean. I was just very ill and I wanted to get better. Strangely, it was other people who forced their (narrow-minded) views of ostomy surgery on me, and that was what made me afraid. My physicians, in an effort to comfort me, sent a woman who'd underwent colostomy surgery to my hospital room to talk to me. To my teenaged eyes, she seemed very old and it only served to upset me that I would have an "old-person's" problem.
Of course, I ultimately did have an ileostomy for several months between my surgeries for a j-pouch. It was not nearly the problem so many make it out to be, and I know now that if I were to have my j-pouch reversed, I could live just as happily as I do with my pouch.
I firmly believe that knowledge is the way to dispel the fear of the unknown. For anyone facing colostomy surgery, knowing exactly what to expect and when to expect it might be a comfort. Learn about the different types of colostomy surgery and when they might be used.
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