Newish ostomate here. Permanent ileostomy courtesy of Pseudomyxoma Peritonei discovered late last year. Operated 17 November, five weeks later was discharged (just a couple of days before Christmas!)
Physical recovery going OK. I have many of the same issues people here and elsewhere talk about, notably leakage which seems to come in groups of three in a row, bizarrely. I have to monitor my energy levels carefully to avoid exhausting myself, and it takes me a while to recover from any exercise, but it's slowly improving.
Mentally? Not so much. This whole deal happened really quickly, and suddenly I'm recovering from major surgery, with a scar from my ribcage to my groin, and a bag of sh*t hanging off my belly. I'm not OK with this! I've been all over the web for advice, etc., and found some very valuable resources and YouTube channels. However, they seem to have a common theme: sickeningly positive, optimistic, cheerful, young, good-looking people who are really well adjusted and have everything under control. I find these difficult to relate to. I'm still figuring a lot of this out (understandable), and I'm still hopelessly tired, angry, fragile, worried, tearful, depressed... you name it.
So, getting to the point of this post at last: I'm considering writing a series of articles (and possibly even videos) based on my experience and feelings, in the hopes that sharing my journey from the perspective of a Grumpy Old Fart™ might help other people in a similar position. I'm not OK - and that's OK, sorta thing. I don't have to have all the answers. I don't have to be bubbly and cheerful and outgoing. I'm just me, figuring this out.
Do you think there would be any value in this?