Please help: Life with an ostomy

So I just had a colonoscopy today. They told me that while the medications are helping, I have been on Prednisone for too long and it has caused what they fear is irreversible damage. I have a kind of tube area in the last 5-9 inches of my colon and it is very sensitive and causing all kinds of problems. The doctor flat out told me that he thinks I’m too far gone and that the only option is to get an ostomy. I’m absolutely terrified. That has been one of my worst fears ever since I was diagnosed. I have always been active, when I can, and I want to continue being active. Going to the gym, golfing, playing basketball, etc. Can I still do these things? I don’t know what all to expect but right now I’m scared and I need help.


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