Dressing with an Ostomy: A Guide for Ladies (Part 2)

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Welcome to part two of the lady’s guide to dressing with an ostomy!

Here’s where the fun begins! This article will focus on clothing options for everyday wear.


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Intro

One of the most asked questions about having an ostomy is whether you’ll need to alter what you wear and how you wear it.

Fortunately, many ostomates don’t need to replace their clothes after surgery. There may be some adjustments, but for the most part this won’t be something you’ll need to worry about all the time.

You’ll see in the examples below just how expansive your options can be! The ladies below are a mix of new ostomates and ostomy veterans, but all have found ways to fit their favorite garments into their lives (no pun intended!).

Dresses

From long, flowing dresses to tight, short ones, know that your ostomy won’t limit you!

If you’d like to some extra comfort, check out this tip:

For dresses that aren’t stretch material, I ensure they are fitted, but with an extra 1″ around the belly. I have tried on dresses in stores about brought an ostomy bag that I stuffed with cotton with me to place over top of my bag, just so I can see how noticeable it would be when filled.

I have had a few dresses altered to accommodate this. Buy a dress that fits, then have the hips let out just a bit to give extra room.Amanda Andrew

Blue dress - Karin
Blue dress – Karin
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“This blue dress probably had a maternity band or pants under it, and the pleats really help.” – Karin Miller
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Kahn of f-64.com
Casual Sundress
Casual Sundress
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“The dress is a casual sundress with a jean jacket and some cowboy boots! I always choose dresses with a tighter waist and flows out to help hide even an extremely full bag! Works every time!” – Neonerinn
Dress – Skater Style
Dress – Skater Style
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“My favourite style of dress is the Skater Dress. This is because it goes in at the waist and then flows outwards. It flows over your pouch therefore concealing it with no need for any under garment.” – Bethany Purnell
Dress example - Amy
Dress example – Amy
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Amy is wearing a dress by Athletica.
Dress – Keely
Dress – Keely
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Keely Wells is wearing a dress by Asos
Formal Dress – Marcie
Formal Dress – Marcie
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“This is me in a formal dress while celebrating my wedding anniversary… If you find a dress with ruching, it hides the bag lines, making it much easier to wear a very form-fitting dress.” – Marcie F.
Tight White Dress – Amanda
Tight White Dress – Amanda
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“I wear the same clothing I wore before surgery (2.5yrs ago) I still wear tight/fitted clothes. Dresses like this one are made with a bit of stretch so it will not interfere with my bag filling.” – Amanda Andrew
Purple dress
Purple dress.
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Credit: Bethany Purnell.
Designer Dress – Laura
Designer Dress – Laura
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Wearing Dress by Wayne Cooper

“I was recently invited to a friend’s 40th birthday dinner. I wore this dress by an Australian designer, Wayne by Wayne Cooper. Whilst many of his designs are form-fitting, this dress is loose and flowing, yet flattering with its high-low hem and exposed back zip.

I could comfortably wear this dress without a belt or any other kind of support around my stoma, and I felt secure, relaxed and sexy the whole night! It was also very easy to manage when emptying my ostomy bag throughout the evening!” – Laura Zappulla

Dress – White & Purple
Dress – White & Purple
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Credit: Bethany Purnell
Maternity Dress
Maternity Dress
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“The only thing is to hem the front since there’s no belly to pull up the front.” – Amy
Fitted grey dress
Fitted grey dress
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“Dresses that aren’t stretch material I make sure it is fitted, but with an extra 1″ around the belly.” – Amanda Andrew
Semi-Formal Dress
Semi-Formal Dress
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“This dress is more formal. It’s very lacy and form-fitting around the top and then gets flowy right below my ribs which conceals the ostomy well.” – Katrina
B&W Dress – Karin
B&W Dress – Karin
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Credit: Karin Miller
Casual Dress over Leggings
Casual Dress over Leggings
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Credit: Laura Zappulla
Blue Dress and Boots – Karin
Blue Dress and Boots – Karin
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Credit: Karin Miller

And for you gals who will be getting married soon, know that you’ll look beautiful on your special day! Have a look at what these brides have been able to show off!

Wedding Dress – Amanda
Wedding Dress – Amanda
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“I had it fitted with enough room around the hips/ waist that my bag could fill up without causing a problem. The lines of the dress and the bead work help to distract the eyes and hide the area.” – Amanda Andrew
Wedding Dress - Alison
Wedding Dress – Alison
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Credit: Alison of Empowering Patients.

While trying out wedding dressing, Alison of Empowering Patients did nothing special to cover her ostomy and it remained concealed.

Wedding Dress - Thaila
Wedding Dress – Thaila
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FYI: Thaila Skye had TWO stomas when this photo was taken, yet she can still rock this beautiful dress!
“Non-traditional” Wedding Dress
“Non-traditional” Wedding Dress
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This photo was taken by Adam Butler on Koh Lanta in Thailand, where Laura Zappulla of the website Stomalicious was married in early 2015! She’s wearing a beautiful, non-traditional wedding dress that easily conceals her pouch!

Thaila Skye also has some great tips on getting married with an ostomy in THIS video.

Shorts

From denim and beyond, shorts can be comfortable and cool in hot weather.

You’ll find that most traditional and high waist shorts will cover some or all of your pouch, but low-rise shorts will reveal your entire bag; feel free to use pouch cover if that makes you more comfortable.

Shorts - Bethany
Shorts – Bethany
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“I’m wearing ‘cotton’ shorts and because they are soft they and more comfortable, and allow output to fall into the pouch with no problem.” – Bethany Purnell
Shorts w/ Long Top
Shorts w/ Long Top
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“My favourite style of shorts are High Waisted Shorts. They go above my ostomy, and therefore, conceals it.” – Bethany Purnell
High-Waisted Shorts
High-Waisted Shorts
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Keely Wells is wearing high-waisted shorts by Topshop.
Jean Shorts w/ Short Top
Jean Shorts w/ Short Top
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Credit: Bethany Purnell
One Piece w/ Shorts
One Piece w/ Shorts
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“This bathing suit is a one piece with high-waisted shorts.” – Karin Miller, wearing a bathing suit from Old Navy.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Kahn of f-64.com

Skirts

Skits are awesome, and you can look great in one with an ostomy!

The length of your skirt doesn’t matter as much as where the waistband is, and if it can come over your appliance, it will be well concealed.

Have a look at the styles below – you’d never know an ostomy bag was under there!

Skater Skirt
Skater Skirt
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“Skater Skirts are also my favourite style of skirt to wear. These are the same as the Skater Dress as it flows out over your pouch.” – Bethany Purnell
Plaid Skirt
Plaid Skirt – Karin
Details
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Kahn of f-64.com
Maxi Skirt w/ Tank Top & Cardi
Maxi Skirt w/ Tank Top & Cardi
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“Maxi skirt with tank top tucked in and cardi.” – Katrina
Skirt – Keely
Skirt – Keely
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Keely Wells is wearing a skirt from Miss Selfridge.
Knee Length Dress
Knee Length Dress
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Credit: Bethany Purnell.
Blue Skirt w/ White Shirt – Karin
Blue Skirt w/ White Shirt – Karin
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“For this blue/white outfit, I wore a target maternity band underneath the shirt and skirt. Another option would have been my Ostomysecrets wrap.” – Karin Miller.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Kahn @ F-64.com

Maternity Band under Skirt – Karin
Maternity Band under Skirt – Karin
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Close up of how Karin wears the maternity band under her skirt and shirt.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Kahn @ F-64.com

Skirt example - Bethany
Skirt example – Bethany
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Credit: Bethany Purnell
Skirt – Blue
Skirt – Blue
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Credit: Bethany Purnell
Dark Suit – Karin
Dark Suit – Karin
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“For this dark suit, the skirt comes up and sits at my belly button so just the very top part of that bag was showing (see next photo).” – Karin Miller

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Kahn @ F-64.com

Dark Suit Closeup – Karin
Dark Suit Closeup – Karin
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As you can see, the pouch can be covered by a high-waisted skirt.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Kahn @ F-64.com

Red skirt - Bethany
Red skirt – Bethany
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Credit: Bethany Purnell

Tops

From form-fitting to loose, you’ll be able to find the right top for any occasion.

Many women prefer loose-fitting or flowing tops, as it helps with concealment as the pouch fills.

I choose patterns to hide but also statement items like big jewelry or awesome shoes to draw attention else wear and feel more comfortable! I also dyed my hair red for that reason too! Keeps attention else wear! I’m always wearing my ostomy belt by ostomy secrets to help conceal and give support! Neonerinn
Cream Cami
Cream Cami
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“Here’s a cream top with a cami underneath. I normally wear a cami that is tight fitted so it holds the bag closer to the tummy.” – The Front Butt YouTuber
Leggings & Singlet – Laura
Leggings & Singlet – Laura
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This is Laura Zappulla’s “must-have” leggings and singlet attire.
Casual wear - Neonerinn
Casual wear – Neonerinn
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“The stripped shirt is a casual shirt with wide sleeves. Button up. I’m wearing yoga pants and a pink tank underneath for a little pop of color!” – Neonerinn
Blouse example - Bethany
Blouse example – Bethany
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In this photo is Bethany Purnell.
Because blouses are not form-fitting, they can even conceal a full pouch.
Loose Fitting Top – Laura
Loose Fitting Top – Laura
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Credit: Laura Zappulla
Playsuit - Keely
Playsuit – Keely
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Keely doesn’t remember if this outfit was from Topshop or Urban Outfitters, but it looks great!
Casual wear - Sue
Casual wear – Sue
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“Stripy cowel neck t-shirt (my favorite, this is the closest that i come to a patterned top, and it confuses the eye so that you can’t see any tummy or bag around my tummy).” – Sue Hill
Layered top
Layered top
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Credit: The Front Butt YouTuber
Casual wear
Casual wear
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“This outfit is black dress pants with a grey crop sleeve silk top with some 4 inch heels and a chunky necklace to draw attention to the neckline.” – Neonerinn
Blouses – Black and White
Blouses – Black and White
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“Blouses are perfect and light weight for the summer. They’re very loose and flow over your pouch.” – Bethany Purnell
Leggings w/ Short Top
Leggings w/ Short Top
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Credit: Bethany Purnell
Jumpers
Jumpers
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“I love jumpers, especially oversized jumpers. They are perfect for the winter times. Also, because they are so loose-fitting, there’s no worry about your pouch showing.” – Bethany Purnell

Trousers / Pants

It seems that you gals prefer either low-cut (under the stoma) or high-waisted trousers (over the stoma), and regardless, you wear them well!

There are many options here, and you can get some great ideas by checking out the photos below. Also note that you can have your trousers adjusted, or you may opt for maternity pants, which have a stretchy band across the entire front and are a popular option among ostomates.

Custom Work Clothes – Tracy
Custom Work Clothes – Tracy
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“Upon returning to work after my loop colostomy (6 months ago), I struggled to get back into my uniform. I did request to wear work issue maternity trousers, although good and adapted for me initially (the “bump” material was to big but I had it altered to suit me). The material is not that great for the coming winter months though so went back to my normal work trousers.

I normally wear TML lightweights or Artkis trousers, but decided to speak to a seamstress to see if she could alter my trousers (pictures attached). As you can see the alterations are ideal. She used stretchy material with and without a zip. Feel totally confident and comfortable wearing my work trousers.

My next mission is to do something similar with my own personal trousers and jeans.

I’ve also purchased supporting maternity tops to wear underneath my tops so that it keeps my stoma secure and the bulge isn’t overly noticeable.” – Tracy J Ross

High-Waisted Trousers
High-Waisted Trousers
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Keely Wells is wearing trousers by Miss Selfridge
Custom Trousers – Tracy
Custom Trousers – Tracy
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“I normally wear TML lightweights or Artkis trousers, but decided to speak to a seamstress to see if she could alter my trousers. As you can see the alterations are ideal. She used stretchy material with and without a zip. Feel totally confident and comfortable wearing my work trousers.” – Tracy J Ross
High Waisted Jeans
High Waisted Jeans
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“These are pretty much the same as Leggings but not as comfortable. They do give a bit more support to your pouch.” – Bethany Purnell
High Waisted Jeans w/ Long T-Shirt
High Waisted Jeans w/ Long T-Shirt
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Credit: Bethany Purnell
Maternity Jeans – Amy
Maternity Jeans – Amy
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“Maternity jeans – only downside to no button and zipper is jeans slide down in crotch a bit since no pregnancy belly. Upside – So COMFORTABLE, and if shirt rides up you’re covered.” – Amy
Maternity Jeans and Top
Maternity Jeans and Top
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“Maternity jeans and a maternity top that doesn’t look like maternity clothes.” – Amy
Maternity trousers w/ wrap
Maternity trousers w/ wrap.
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Note that Sue is wearing a Comfizz wrap underneath the built-in band for extra support.
Work Clothes
Work Clothes
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Sue Hill is wearing maternity work trousers(high soft fabric band which goes over the top of the tummy and bag).
Leggings - Bethany
Leggings – Bethany
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“Leggings are perfect because they are a very stretchy material. You’re able to pull them up over your pouch and that helps conceal and supports it.” – Bethany Purnell
Leggings w/ Short Top
Leggings w/ Short Top
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Credit: Bethany Purnell

We Aren’t Done Yet!

As you can see, everything from casual wear to business attire is possible with very little modifications to your wardrobe.

But what about lingerie or swimwear? I haven’t forgotten about that!

In part three you’ll find many examples of what lady ostomates wear at the beach, during intimacy, and even while pregnant!

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Dona
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Hi CarolineThere is another thread going now about dressing ” Ostomy belt for curvy women’ that you might want to check out.Also, I had a thought that if your stoma is above your waistline you might try a snug fitting vest top ( tank style ) under your blouse. That might help hold things in.Also vests also provide another layer of camouflage and come in many styles. The ones with the long pointy fronts might be good.And you can  use patterns to draw the eye away from what you don’t want looked at! Time to get out those flowered pants you never wore.Good luck. More info about your stoma placement would be helpful.

Marcie
Member

Plaza pants, these r wide legged…..  When standing looks like a long skirt.  Easy to make. A gathered skirt .  Elastic waist – anything elastic waist can be taken in or out– :-) I started with jean type material for skirts, maternerty pants etc.  Casual first——- ALWAYS WASH ON GENTAL CYCLE-DRIP DRY   After working so hard and spending so much don’t want to ruin!! This winter, I see over sized sweaters coming.. great for those M. jeans style pants.   When u find what u like– buy them out!! And of course, I am into the sweat pants and tops. — which I though that I would NEVER wear.  Comfy!!  They also come in draw string waist. Now is the time to go for it– August!! WALMART……..  :-) Go to thrift shops.  I found some many decent things in there — Go to the nicer towns with money– :-) cheep- and a great start for you. I LOVE FASHION OF MY OWN NOW– and doing my own thing.. Because I am ME and you are  YOU!!  Make a statement !! Also I use a ho-bo bag.  This contains my emergency purse for my pouches and wash cloths in that, and my wallet, etc. This ho-bo- bag will hide that bump when your stoma decides to work over time.. on the way to the bathrooms, or just walking around.  Remember, do not make this bag to heavy, hurts the shoulders. To me this bag is my secure “blankie”  of type.. Now that I cant go to New York City anymore to buy my ho-bo purse’s…….  I am finding myself in deep search now.  but boy oh boy!!   Could I find great deals on these in N.Y.C. !! $15-25 bucks real different and nice. Guys had wagons along side the streets, full of them!!  I looked like the “bag Lady” on my many trips to that city!! oh I miss those days!! This is all I can help u with.  Start simple and u will find that simple is the best way.  Then jazz it up.. I know this is long-  but hopefully helpful to anyone to use their imagination to succeed. BE YOU !!! BECAUSE YOUR YOU, NOT SPECIAL JUST YOU !!!!!!!!!! 

Caroline53
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Caroline53

It’s been 8 months since my last surgery… my ostomy is also about 2-3 inches up high to the left of my navel n I cannot find clothes that fits me well…people who don’t know I have a stoma ask me if I am pregnant… I am 65!!! Where can I find clothes that doesn’t make me look pregnant? It’s very frustrating n I am still adjusting to this new me!

Marcie
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Hi Caroline, people can be mean !!! Sorry your going though all of this.  Rather an odd placement for a stoma.  But some do have theirs located in odd places.  Reason being?  ??????  As I stated above, Maternerty  pants,  elastic waists, and (found a new idea that I love )a blouse, sweater that you and tie in front.  Find a dressmaker to get you started.  Make your own style………. I know the dress maker will be on the expensive side, or a friend to help you get started (free with kindness) Having the right material is important so “it” hangs well and hold it shape.  I feel for you dear one! ! But I also had to re-do my clothing.  and it was expensive, so there fore it was slow going..  99% of us had to re-do-  mostly woman.  You will get there!! I am in my late 60 …… So you and I can go our own styles.. Because we are fabulouse !!!!! Good Luck !! Marcie. 

Marcie
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Caroline, What I found was a sweater  in a light weight,  I gathered the front and but a hair barrate-sp/hair elastic- to pinch it together and form a loose tight center and the bottom on this sweater or blouse falling into place and this takes away from the pouch.  A different belt- I like the ones that hang down after I  loop it at the waist.  I am tall so I like the longer ones that are hard to find. Really what I am talking about these belts are hard to find.  A nice hair do, change your hair color??  nice fashion  jewelry (try Kohles) for upper body will take away from your pouch area.  Get your nails done, DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF NOW……..  wile you think of these suggestions.  Try to have girlie fun!!  I know that I cant wear high heals anymore after my surgery, why ???? even tho I am 5’8″  I liked 3 +inch heels. So, I am now at all times 5’8″  :-) …… Lot of hems to be redone Now it is your turn for add to my idears.  that is how the world works. Best..

Deb
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Deb

Hi I feel the same way you do! I didn’t want the surgery + they did it anyway without my consent! The surgeon cut rite thru my navel,my OSTOMY is up high 2-3 inches to the left of my navel & I can’t find I dam thing to wear cause of where he put the dam thing! The surgeon is an ***hole.I Haven’t been back to see him or anyother surgeon since the surgery( 1yr ago) I don’t go any -where cause I don’t think can’t find comfortable clothing to wear! I think he put it up to high!! I’m cut 3″ above my navel all the way down to my pubic hairline! This guy screwed up big time and totally trashed my life!! Take care & if you want to reply, I’d be happy to hear from you. Thanks You, Deb

Kathy
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Deb—I hate to see you so upset about it all. I agree- the placement of yours does NOT sound ideal, but it is what it is. I recently purchased one of those swim wraps that the Vegan site reviewed. I think it’s going to be my new best friend as it seems to help smooth and minimize things a bit, without creating any bulk at all. I’ve also purchased a “pregnancy band” to do the same thing, but it’s a bit more bulky. The swim wrap is just tight enough to make me feel like I’m not hanging out so far. I’m sure none of these hang out as far as WE see them, but it’s important nonetheless to help make us feel as comfortable as possible. Nothing is going to make this go away, but the more I can minimize it, the better. We are going on vacation in a few weeks and my girlfriend will be rocking her bikini. I USED to be able to do that: now I’ll just look like an old lady, but at least I’m alive. I had a huge scare this week with my ostomy: it prolapsed and I had to have surgery. Talk about a wake up call to remind me that life is so precious! I hope that in time you can accept your ostomy.

Ana
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Ana

i just want to say i know exactly how you feel, my ostomy was emergency and not at all my choice. newly diagnosed, i thought i had many years of managing flares with prednisone and otherwise maintaining on meds before anything like this was on the table, and i fought a couple of weeks after i was admitted to the hospital before i was so out of it on meds and sick and my family pressured me to do it despite me saying i wouldn’t be able to cope.

my surgeon decided to do the minimal in terms of closing up the lower half, and a week later i almost died when it perforated and started leaking into my abdominal cavity. so much for the laproscopy, they cut me open cesarean style and put a drain in too. all total i was in the hospital for a month and lost 25 lbs, hobbled out an old woman.

it’s been 7 weeks since the first surgery and i still can’t stand anything pulling on it or pressing on it. i’ve had multiple blow outs of my bags and fails on my rings which have caused severe damage to my skin around the stoma. i can’t wear much with any real comfort and anything i’ve bought to help with this has just made it worse. i empty my bag using a bidet nozzle to wash it out, and rarely leave my home due to the lack of these in the rest of the world.

i used to love to shop and had a ridiculous clothing collection. i bartended at a popular night club in a major city. no more, all my cute club clothes got boxed up and put away as there’s no way i can work there like this or wear those clothes. it was one of the most depressing moments since i left the hospital.

the only thing i’ve ive found i like are drawstring empire waist dark or patterned jersey knit dresses, with lularoe leggings. the cinching is high enough, just under my breasts, to not put any pressure on the stoma site, and the leggings have a wide stretch band more like yoga pants and can fit under my appliance and still feel secure. both these things are very soft too and stretchy.

i’m sorry to hear you’re having a difficult time too, hopefully these small things i’ve been successful with might help you too. i wish you all the best.

Kathy
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I too am a new lifetime ostomate. I had a temporary ileostomy when my cancer was first diagnosed 5 years ago. “Bob” was quite the nuisance. Recently that stupid cancer came back and now I have a permanent colostomy (Son of Bob aka SOB!). This site was the first one I came to that actually makes sense and has FANTASTIC suggestions for living with an ostomy. Thank you! I am quite encouraged by the clothing site. I just purchased a formal dress for a Colon Cancer gala and because of this site, I was confident enough to order a dress that I really like that ISN’T too far off from what I would normally look at: I am a 55 year old gal who is thankful to be alive and know that I’m not alone. Again—THANK YOU!

Kerby
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Hi Kathy. I’m new also. Eric, ( Vegan Ostomy)  has pulled me out of my funk. I’ve learned alot and am still learning. Tips, hints, ideas. I feel more confident. I to, will be ordering for the rest of my life. Clothing, and etc. I think this is great we can all converse as to what works and ideas. 

Kerby
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Kerby

I’m new to this site. Had my Colostomy in November. I’m a 71 year young Female. It’s a huge change in your life but doable. I’m glad I’m alive! I read alot and use the videos and tips. In time, trial and error you will feel more and more secure.

Susan
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I have trouble finding jeans and pants that fit and I am 64 and of course no one my age IS ANYWHERE ON ANY SITE!!!
This is just crap! I HATE my Ileostomy and I will be rr look anything other than a blimp!!
I wish I never survived my surgery and I lost friends and at the Support groups it is all Cliques like HS!!! What a joke!!!

Kerby
Member

Susan?  I hope you eventually ur ally feel better about yourself Ostomy. I’m 71 and had my surgery 3 months ago. I’ve got more confidence in the Videos that are out there, and tips. Vegan Ostomys Website  has helped me alot. There’s alot to learn and in time sort out what works for you. I’m lucky I still have clothes but with Summer coming up I’m sure we all are scrambling. I order a little each Month. I came home from Hospital with small Hernia. My next purchase is the  Nu-Hope Hernia belt… I love this Forum. Nice to know I have support. I wish us all the best!!! 💟💟💟    I’m happy to be alive.

Jane Doe
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Jane Doe

Susan I am 68 and have had my ileostomy for 35 years. A year ago the surge st needed to redo my stomach due to a large hernia. My new stoma is very high I no longer have a belly button so I look freaky. None of my clothes that have waiste bands work. After reading these post i am going to try some materterty jeans. Also looking for sites that sell long flowing tops.

Tracy Cameron
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Tracy Cameron

i found a great brand called popana . Their tops are so cute, great fabric and wash nicely . I ordered eight of them and love them. You can even find them on amazon…free shipping if you have Prime.

Marcie
Member

Jane, I wear maternerty jeans.  But look for a shorter waist length–  Some are for hug belly’s at end of pregnancy.  OR  can have that area cut down-beware of the material tho– Can be expensive these jeans/pants..  Shop well- and try on.. Also, plaza pants with elastic waists.  DONT FOR GET A NICE PRINT FOR LEAKS–:-(  … :-)   Shirt dress’s, are nice also–  IT is whole new wardrobe I must admit, Take it slow.. Marcie..

Jjade
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Jjade

Hi ISusan had my surgery only 6 weeks ago. I am also 64 yrs. I am happy to be alive. My kids n grand kids r way beyond in happiness knowing I am still with them. This is a major change in my life n I thank God everyday I am still here. Some days I am sad but I am learning to cope n stay focus on my stoma n how to take care of myself.
If u wish for us to become friends. God Bless .

AMS
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AMS

This is the first site I came to after finding out that I will have an ostomy bag for the rest of my life due to cancer. It is so nice seeing women live their lives the way you should. I know that it will be a process of finding out what works for me. It has all just been a massive change for me.

BG
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BG

You ladies have easier than the guys when it comes clothing with ileostomies, I envy you.