I wrote this article last year. This week marks the 15th Anniversary of when I had this life altering surgery. As you will see having an Ileostomy truly saved my life.
In the 15 years I’ve lived with an Ostomy, I have had positive experiences and negative experiences. Though through it all I have managed to accept this reality as another facet of my life. I have learned patience as well as acceptance. When I first had the Ostomy at the age of 21 I saw the image of what my life could and would be disappear. I was in a toxic relationship and thought to myself “at least she is still her and not disgusted by my poop bag” what I would quickly learn over the coming weeks of being an ostomate is that people change. My toxic relationship ended and I soon met my true love who accepted my Ostomy as part of the package. I am proud to say this person is now my wife of 10 years!
As I mark the 15th Anniversary/Birthday of my Ileostomy, I want people to know there are others out there that will accept any physical flaws you may have, and by accepting they inadvertently push us to better accept our circumstances and strive.
There are times in your life where you just know. You know what the ultimate outcome will be during a life experience. For me, I just knew I would be having a life changing surgery. Before the doctors were going to proceed, they wanted to try a new drug at the time. This drug, Remicade, was literally brought down via Ambulance from Edmonton. I know what you’re thinking, lights, sirens with a police escort…. This was not the case, although in my mind at the time, it sure was.
Remicade is widely used today to treat Ulcerative Colitis, with great success. I have close family members who have been treated successfully and flourish on the treatment. However in 2003 it was so new to the market my doctors were not certain how effective the treatment would be.
The day it arrived to the hospital, I had to sign a lot…
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