48 years for me. Technology has definitely improved over the years. As a young child there were many challenges and no help. At one point I could not wear a bag and had a special hospital bed made, for me to lie on my stomach and a removable pan hooked on the bed under me to catch what was expelled. Then came the phase of pretty white bags with yellow flowers. Surgery moving the stoma over slightly to get the bag to stick properly. I can’t have my life over, however, love reading about the new advances that make such a difficult surgery a little easier with a lot of support. Having a bag whether one day or 60 years, be grateful you still get to wake up each day.