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Lovekitties Member Posts: 3,364
from another thread jjjackieo

making a choice

hi my name is Jackie,, i had colenrectal cancer 2008 and now i have to make a choice to have a colostomy put on, as we have tryed biofeed back and there are still complications, which is very painfull for me,,, but i am just wondering what the quality of life would be like,,, painfull,, how i will feel as a women,, those type of things. im just looking for some feed back,, If anyone can help ,, i would love the imput,, thanks jackie


  • Lovekitties
    Lovekitties Member Posts: 3,364
    Dear Jackie
    Welcome to the board. Having moved your message to its own thread it will get you noticed more easily and perhaps give you more answers.

    First off, for many facing the idea of an ostomy I recommend the following book:

    The Ostomy Book: Living Comfortably with Colostomies, Ileostomies, and Urostomies by
    Barbara Dorr Mullen and Kerry Anne McGinn RN BSN OCN

    The authors are mother/daughter with mother having the ostomy and daughter being an ostomy nurse. This book deals with the mechanics of living with an ostomy as well as the emotional and physical concerns.

    I have had my colostomy for 2 years. While the surgery took some recovery time, there has been no pain following healing.

    Living with an ostomy can be far easier and more liberating if you have had serious difficulties with elimination issues.

    Living with an ostomy does not mean having to limit your living and living well.

    Hope this helps. Am sure others will chime in as well.

    Marie who loves kitties