August 21, 2014: It’s hard to believe that a year ago today I was at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto having my colon removed and getting it replaced with an ileostomy.
I was recording a video this afternoon for an upcoming product review, and I received a notification from Google+. Interested about why I’d be tagged in a comment from Megan, The Front Butt YouTuber, I checked out the post and subsequent video. Megan had posted an awareness video for ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; you might know it as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Something happened recently that really angered me. One of the founders of the #GetYourBellyOut campaign, Sahara (Twitter @Sahara88uk) had recently come out of surgery, and while still recovering she posted a photo of herself on several social media sites, but the photo was flagged on Facebook and she was forced to remove it.
One year ago today, I launched the VeganOstomy Blog. I started it with the wish to share my experience of having an ileostomy due to Crohn’s disease while maintaining a vegan lifestyle. I’ve learned so much in the past year and hope that I’ve provided some entertainment and education along the way.
Through the blog, I’ve been contacted by so many wonderful people who are at a critical point in their lives. Some have Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis, and others have cancer, but everyone is a fighter. The strength I witness from people who’ve been to hell and back is truly inspiring. Without your stories, my efforts would be wasted. Know that I stand beside you in support, and know that you are not alone.
Today is a busy day. I’ve got everything packed for my hotel stay tonight and we’ve dropped my son off at my parents house, where he’ll be staying while I’m in the hospital. My daughter and wife have an event to attend tomorrow evening , so there has been a lot of preparation for that too. I’m also fasting to prepare for surgery, so there will be a lot of vegetable broth and sports drinks in order to keep my fluid intake and electrolytes up.