Jul 02, 2014 - 11:41 am
I found this remarkable article on Huffington Post about an aspiring, 23-year old model who has Crohn's disease and two colostomy bags:
While this isn't a cancer patient, I know that several of you, like my mom, have had colostomy surgery. My mom had hers in April 2013, and I can still remember how devastated she initially was about it. Even when my father and I tried to point out to her how much better it was, that her pain was so much reduced (she had an inoperable 8 cm tumor), and that the colostomy bag was barely noticeable under her shirt, she was very depressed and felt awful and repulsive to her own self, couldn't imagine that she would have to live with it for the rest of her life (reverse surgery was never an option for her). Thankfully, she did adjust, and finally came to see what a blessing it was because it freed her from the unbearable pain she'd suffered every day for the 4 months before the surgery. She's still a little bit self-conscious about it now, especially with some of the unpleasant chemo side effects that impact her digestion. I plan to show her this article the next time I see her, to show her how colostomies are not just a normal part of life for many people with major digestive health problems, but that a colostomy needn't discourage anyone from fulfilling their own life goals and ambitions.