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I'm a retired engineer, now keeper of goats on a small farm in Brooksville, Florida

In a wheelchair the last 18 years from multiple sclerosis, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2015. It was a small local tumor that was recected and I was sent home 3 days later. The next day I sneezed and blew apart the anastomosis.  Back on the table within an hour, I woke with my first ostomy. After a week in hospital, on my discharge eve, I was asked to stand up by the physical therapist. My now sternum to pubic bone incision opened up and my intestines spilled onto the floor. Third surgery, with a new ostomy and a week in a coma, total 30 days in hospital I was finally able to come home!

It's been an uneventful 5 1/2 years since, though I did give myself a parastomal hernia digging a grave for a 400lb goat who had cancer the same time I did, but didn't survive  her surgery.

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
Our goats always live at GoatsLive.com


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Welcome to the forums @goatherder! Thank you for sharing your story. 

If you feel like sharing your technique for emptying your ostomy bag in the tips and tricks section ( https://www.veganostomy.ca/community/ostomy-tips-tricks/ ) I think you might be able to offer some insight for others who are wheelchair-bound with a stoma.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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Hi GoatHerder,

Welcome - that is quite a story; glad your past five and a half years have been uneventful! My brother and his wife began raising goats a few years ago, a small number of them, in southern Minnesota. I believe they sell the fleece to people who spin yarn. I don’t really know what else they do with them besides taking pictures and filming their cuteness to send to the rest of the family on texts!

LL

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


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Goatherder...welcome to VO! Thats quite the baptism by fire you had to get here!! My goodness, your story is amazing. Thank you for sharing! 

I was raised across the street from a Goat farm. My parents told me often how the eczema on my torso was so itchy I would remove all my clothing & they would always find me running free & naked playing with the baby goats!! I still remember the night the big barn burnt to the ground. No harmed Goats apparently. 

What brought you to VO? I hope you will do as Eric suggests. With your experiences another voice is helpful here! Don't be a stranger.

Linda


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Hi Goatherder, Hi and welcome, I agree that the more ostomates from different backgrounds and situations on the forum the better it is to offer help and support. I know a guy who keeps goats and says they are a very clever and mischievous creature 😀 that will eat any thing from grass to the laundry on the washing line 😂

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We went to a wildlife park with lots of animals roaming free and a goat tried to eat my husband’s jeans. He had a rip on the knee and the goat just started chomping away. 😂

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@john68...oh John...you know Farmer Bill Grogan too?? lol!! His Goats ate shirts!! 

Linda


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Good heavens Goatherder! That’s quite a story you have! I can only imagine the look on the physical therapist’s face, but I’m sure you were in utter shock. Welcome to a very friendly and informative site. 

Are your goats for milk or fibre? I ask because I am a hand spinner and weaver who can’t pass by a sheep farm without knocking on the front door.

 

Laurie

Just a semicolon


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@dlkfiretruck Thanks for your kind words. Actually, I signed up to find Tony. He is a dear Twitter friend who I interacted with daily about either my goats or our ostomy journies. Tony quite Twitter without notice, but I knew he was on these forums. I reached out to him here and we're back interacting on the Signal application.

 

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
Our goats always live at GoatsLive.com


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@squeakyandliza Yup, they do that!

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
Our goats always live at GoatsLive.com


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@tigerlily Thanks. No, wasn't in shock at all. Medics put me back on my bed and I called my wife on my cell phone as they wheeled me back to surgery, to tell her, "Here we go again!" (she was not happy!)

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
Our goats always live at GoatsLive.com


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@llholiday Thanks! Goats are wonderful animals. My live goat feed has helped people get through cancer treatment, divorce, death of loved ones, you name it, they just have a calming effect on people.

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Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
Our goats always live at GoatsLive.com


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Posted by: @goatherder

@dlkfiretruck Thanks for your kind words. Actually, I signed up to find Tony. He is a dear Twitter friend who I interacted with daily about either my goats or our ostomy journies. Tony quite Twitter without notice, but I knew he was on these forums. I reached out to him here and we're back interacting on the Signal application.

 

Any friend of Tony’s is a friend of mine. 😀

-Liza
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@goatherder...okay...I'm learning...my son had to explain your live goat feed is not actually FOOD!! ROLOL!!!...lol. :-D 

How nice you tracked down Tony again. I so agree with Liza!  Would you be able to put a link thru here for your Goats? I would love live to see them. I've only seen goats on the News occasionally the just few years & I rather love them. I promise I'll keep my clothes on!! lol...sorry, couldn't resist! 

Linda


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@dlkfiretruck Thanks, the link to the goats is in my signature at the end of all my posts.

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
Our goats always live at GoatsLive.com


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@goatherder...I actually saw that after I posted! I guess their in bed! I peaked & I look forward to seeing them in the yard! Thank you so much for sharing that. Maybe I'll do some Yoga while watching them play! lol!! 

Linda


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@goatherder Here is a picture of my brother’s goats. I don’t know what breed they are, just that they have long fleece (is the that proper word). Looks like he has four or five of these fluffy friends.

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


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@llholiday Nice, they look like the American Cashmere breed of fiber goat.

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
Our goats always live at GoatsLive.com


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@goatherder I enjoy checking in with Rose and Violet - watching them is calming, as you say - and your website.

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


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