I had the privilege of sharing a warm friendship with a member of this forum, Belle Piazza (online name NWGirl). Belle was a gifted writer. She chronicled her bowel management challenges after treatment for rectal cancer in a 3-part blog series written in 2012 for the colorectal cancer community titled: The Colostomy Conumbrum. Belle opted for a permanent colostomy. Belle’s blog is a deeply personal and insightful composition, spoken from her heart.
You can find Belle Piazza’s 3-part series by clicking in the topic titled “Blog Post Archives” on the main page of this forum (11th topic down).
Belle wrote the series with the hope that her writings would enable others troubled by never-ending bowel distress post reversal to consider an elective colostomy without shame or a sense of failure. Belle was glad that she made the decision for a colostomy, and she never looked back.
I have a permanent end ileostomy. It has become second nature to me. Most days, I give little thought to my stoma and ostomy.
The Unites Ostomy Association of America has an online support forum. This forum was a life-line to me during the early months of recovery. Feel free to go the United Ostomy Association of America website and click on the support forum. People helping people. www.uoaa.org