When I found this web site, I didn’t think its name had anything to do with actually meeting an ostomate but I later learned there were some folks who did meet and develop relationships. How good is that? That wasn’t my intention. I definitely didn’t want anyone to meet me. I felt broken and wasn’t prepared to express those feelings. I thought it was a place where ostomates wrote about themselves, posed questions, shared thoughts, told jokes and, sometimes, just vented. I thought of it as a community of folks with similar interests and various degrees of experience. Mostly I found some of the most caring, selfless, wise and understanding people I ever imagined. I was so impressed with some of the writings; not because of their literary value but the way in which they addressed such a very complex environment. I read hundreds of exchanges and admired the way folks cared for each other. I became hopeful with my own situation and looked forward to the next day’s offerings. Certainly some contributors stood out with their experience or particular skills in addressing some things but it seemed like a total effort with synergistic results. I felt blessed to have found this site. I still do.
Not everyone has an IQ approaching infinity and some have difficulty composing a sentence but we all came together here, “listened” to each other to make things better for everyone involved. We might have disagreed at times but we learned and prospered from that also.
I hope we can all appreciate and reap the benefits of this forum.