Oct 18, 2011 - 5:25 pm
I went for my OB-GYN consult today. Very thorough and painful exam. The tumor has extended and created a recto-vaginal fistula. My doctor says that radiation therapy will only make it worse, and I may start leaking fecal matter from my vagina. So I'm scheduled for a temporary colostomy. He'll resect the colon after radiation.
Has anyone here had a colostomy? Is the bag difficult to maintain? How did it affect your quality of life?
This is all so overwhelming. My head is spinning...