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Video: 6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Ostomy Surgery

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
06/15/18  2:52 PM PST

In this video, Laura Cox, our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, talks about what she wishes someone had told her before ostomy surgery. She doesn’t regret the surgery, and she appreciates her current quality of life — but she does wish she’d had a little better grasp of what her future held.

You can also read an article by Laura about this issue by clicking the button:

Laura talks about wishing someone had been able to definitely tell her that she was making the right decision. She also wants everyone to know that, in some cases, having an ostomy can cure the disease (like with cancer) but in other cases (like with intestinal bowel disease) an ostomy may not cure every symptom. She talks about the positives of having an ostomy (it’s not as devastating as you may think before surgery) but she does think that it is a different life. She also emphasizes that just because people may have to have surgery, that doesn’t mean that they “lost” to their disease.

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  1. Harvey Joyner
    Posted July 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm PST

    Ostomy surgery did not cure me from my Crohn’s Disease, but it gave me a new lease on life. I did undergo repeated gut surgeries, moving from a left-sided colostomy to a right-sided ileostomy. I had my first surgery at age 28. I have had and continue to have a full life and am grateful that ostomy surgery enabled me
    to rise above the ashes of illness, so that I could participate in a social, recreational, career, and romantic life that I might have otherwise missed. I am 66 and still going, with the belief that “the best is yet to come!”

  2. Tina
    Posted October 30, 2018 at 9:13 am PST

    I have had my ostomy for 3 yrs. And I feel the loneliness. I feel like I can never be loved again.I know I may sound like a pity party, but it’s not. I just don’t know how to feel comfortable around certain people because I never know what’s gonna happen. I have had some embarrassing moment. Need someone to talk to

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