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granddayout
(@granddayout)
Joined: 7 months ago
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I am new to this forum and just 3 months out from colostomy surgery. I'm happy to say that I am doing well. I want to explain my username: granddayout. My surgery was actually a welcome one because it has allowed me to have freedom again. I had cancer in 2019 and the radiation damaged a part of my lower colon. That resulted in my being housebound most of the time. I won't go into the ugly details except to say that the only way I could spend a day out was if I took several Imodium tablets. And I could only do that a couple times a month. Now I get to have 'grand days out' whenever I choose! Even going grocery shopping is a grand day out. Anyway, I look forward to participating in this forum.

Flying free.


   
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(@john68)
Joined: 6 years ago
Posts: 2018
 

Hi Granddayout. Welcome to the forum ? it always great to meet a new member. I get where you are coming from with your new found freedom. Here’s to many “Grand days out “ and looking forward to hearing more from you ???

ileostomy 31st August 1994 for Crohns


   
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tim
 tim
(@tim)
Joined: 3 years ago
Posts: 26
 

Welcome!

I've had mine for 3 years and it feels like 3 months. With the combination of the great information and reviews on this site plus the myriad of supplies options and accessories (horizontal stealth belt for example), life with an ostomy isn't so bad! 


   
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LLNorth
(@llholiday)
Joined: 5 years ago
Posts: 525
 

Hello GrandDay!

Nice to meet you! My 2018 colostomy because of cancer, also, and I am doing well. My first grand day out was shortly after I got out of the hospital, when my husband drove me to see my co-workers. I was a little shaky still (and convinced that any moment I would have a leak! Which didn’t happen) but I know what you mean, it was grand to be out and grand to see them. ❤️

LL

Colostomy 4/30/18.
I love the smell of coffee in the morning. It smells like .... victory.


   
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Tony H
(@tony-h)
Joined: 7 years ago
Posts: 259
 

freedom thats what my ostomy gave me , was really restricted for about 30 years and am now 5 years post op and can go anywhere and do most things without a thought of where the nearest toilet is , it only gets better once you get the hang of all the little tips and trick on dealing with having it but you are in the right place , ask anyone anything and you will get quick help and no such thing as a silly question .


   
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 LK
(@dlkfiretruck)
Joined: 6 years ago
Posts: 1449
 

Welcome to VO!! Its always nice to have a new member & with what you've learned already, you'll be able to help someone else with your tips & tricks too. This is a great supportive community of fine people, we're here even if what you need is to bend a few ears. Don't be a stranger & I too totally understand Gand Days Out! LOL, I think we all do actually. Enjoy! 

Linda


   
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Cat momma
(@cat-momma)
Joined: 12 months ago
Posts: 94
 

Hi @granddayout , welcome to the forum! Happy to hear you are doing well and getting your freedom back. I know how that feels, it's wonderful!

Incontinent in a better way, since 12 July 2023


   
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VeganOstomy
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Joined: 10 years ago
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Welcome, and thank you for the introduction!

I had the same feeling of freedom following my surgery (10 years next week!), so I know how wonderful it is to be able to do even simple things again.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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granddayout
(@granddayout)
Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 26
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@Tim I discovered the Stealth Belt after doing a lot of research on what's available for support belts as my Ostomy nurse and surgeon both suggested I get one. I have a colostomy where my stoma is kind of low and I wear my pouch at a 45 degree angle pointed to the left. I find it easy to tuck the the pouch into the horizontal Stealth Belt. I feel very secure when I use the belt for outings like grocery shopping, lunch out with my daughter and photography day trips with my husband. I'm just lucky that Stealth Belt makes a larger size that fits 48-50! I told the customer service person that I have a grandmother's figure and do not look like the model on their website! ?

Flying free.


   
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Tigerlily
(@tigerlily)
Joined: 3 years ago
Posts: 330
 

Hi Grand Day, and welcome! I am also here because of cancer, and I also had adverse effects from radiation. I’ve had to reframe that - and recognize that it also saved my life. Glad to hear that you’re doing well. 

Laurie

Just a semicolon


   
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granddayout
(@granddayout)
Joined: 7 months ago
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@tigerlily So sorry to know you too suffered both cancer and adverse reactions to radiation. But, like you, I'm coming to grips with the knowledge that it did save my life. Like I told my doctors, cancer treatment did save my life but it also changed my life. But now, with this colostomy, I'm finding new freedom.

Flying free.


   
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Chelly
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Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 484
 

A late but big welcome grand day out! 
I think the freedom of having these grand days out is the best part of getting these ostomies. I have ileostomy and was in pain and house bound as well. It too gave me my freedom back. No cancer for me but it was still all in all like being in jail. 
congratulations on your new found freedom.


   
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