3 Reasons I'm Grateful For My Ostomy

As you may or may not know, for a brief period of time, I lived with an ostomy. It was a challenge. It was a challenge adjusting to my new life, it was also a challenge getting the supplies I needed. Life was new and I had a lot to learn. Although my surgeon and ostomy nurse had done an excellent job at preparing me mentally and physically for what was to come, there's no experience like first hand.

At first I was interested

When I woke up from surgery, I wasn't in shock. I wasn't surprised. I was interested. I knew what my ostomy would look like. I knew I would be sore. I just wanted to learn more. I'd seen photos and videos, but this was my body. This was my first time ever seeing an organ from the inside, on the outside! Interested doesn't begin to cover what I felt.

After a few days, the excitement wore off and the work began. The nurses slowly stopped helping me. They wanted me to learn for myself. It was hard, but with time and a lot of effort, I did. Within a few weeks, I was back to work with my bag in tow. I wasn't sad. I wasn't a victim of circumstance. I'd made a choice and I chose a better life. I didn't want to spend the rest of my days trying to live with active inflammation, never to even be within arm's reach of remission. Surgery isn't an option for everyone, but it was the only option for me.

3 reasons I'm grateful for my ostomy

  1. Time to Heal - If I said it was easy, I'd be lying. The first few weeks were a matter of trial and error. They brought a lot of frustration and even some tears. But it was worth it. My ostomy gave my body time to heal. Time to reboot. My ostomy gave me my first taste at life and I loved it. It was a different life, but it was a life just the same. One I'd never gotten to experience with a colon. I am grateful to have the opportunity to heal my body from the inside, out.
  2. A Different Perspective - My ostomy gave me a new lease on life and a different perspective on what beauty really was. I had to learn to love myself all over again. And although I chose to have surgery, that wasn't always easy. There were days that I questioned my decision. There were a few days where, for a few movements, I even regretted my decision. Those moments didn't last long. It takes courage to undergo life-altering surgery. It takes courage to tell the world about it. My ostomy gave me a different outlook on life and I'm forever grateful for that.
  3. A Greater Appreciation - My ostomy allowed me to appreciate life. Going through those surgeries wasn't easy. It was a lot of pain and tears. I literally fought for my life and now I'm determined to live it to the fullest.

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