Three years an ostomate

Three years… 1095 days… That’s how long I have now been living with my ostomy. As usual, it’s one of those mixed feelings of “seems like forever” and “feels like only yesterday.” It’s amazing to look back over these past years and realize how much my life has changed. In a lot of ways, I feel like 3 years ago is when my life started.

Prior to my surgery, I felt so trapped and afraid. I feel like I lost so much of my 20s, which is supposed to be the time where you are able to be free and to experience all that life has to offer. But I feel like I didn’t have that chance. Now don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of really amazing things happen in those years, but I also missed out on a lot of things. So after I had my surgery, it truly felt that I was in control of my life for the first time in a very long time.

pregnant baby conceive ostomies advice tips tricks stephanie hughes out of the bag colostomy ileostomy crohn's disease ulcerative colitis inflammatory bowel disease ibd ostomy blog stolen colon ileostomy colostomy urostomy second trimesterWhen my husband and I first started talking about having a baby, I was hesitant. I remember thinking that I had been robbed of much of my 20s and I finally felt like I had my life back and I wasn’t sure I wanted to give up that freedom so soon. At the same time, I knew that surgery can complicate getting pregnant and I didn’t want to wait for too long. But once we decided to go for it, I was ready and I wouldn’t change a thing now that it’s all actually happening. But there is still this small part of me that feels like that time was too short.

In the end, I am so thankful for these past 3 years and everything that has happened in that time. I’m thankful that I had the surgery done early enough to have the time that I did to enjoy some freedom, before moving on to this new phase of life. And I’m so excited about this part! I look forward to being able to spend time with my family without feeling sick or tired. I’m so glad that I was able to have those years to get healthy and have my body be ready to carry a child.

So really, more than anything, celebrating another “stomaversary” just makes me more excited about the future. If these past 3 years are any indication of the next 3, then I can’t wait!

2 thoughts on “Three years an ostomate

  1. Rebecca Robinson

    Congratulations! This one is super special! Has anyone talked to you about how it’s going to feel during labor with your stoma? My anniversary is coming up, July 1st, going on 7 years. Man, I didn’t realize it has been that long. I didn’t get to have a choice or an amount of time to come to terms with such a decision. I am quite a little envious of you. Lol mine was more gruesome, very dramatic, couple months in the hospital, nothing went by the books. Lol anyways my son is 3 and I had so wished I had someone to tell me what to expect. I was going in blind, it seemed there was no one in the universe who could answer my questions and fears. Plus don’t get me started on how terrified I was about my rectum!!! I have enjoyed reading your story and have been learning quite a bit. The doctors just through me out into the deep end and it was sink or swim time. So you have inspired me to reach out and that is what this is. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

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