Separate Sections for Colostomy and Urostomy Discussions

Feb 08, 2024 1:37 pm

This is a great site, and I really have had some great positive feedback. However, living with a colostomy is very different than living with a urostomy. I myself have a urostomy due to bladder cancer, and I find most of the discussions on here are geared more towards colostomy... and that's fine. I just think that it would be more user-friendly if the site could maybe separate the two issues... and have a section for colostomates and one for urostomates. Don't get me wrong, this site is great. Only a suggestion, certainly not a complaint.

Feb 08, 2024 1:55 pm

Hello MC22.
Here is a rhyme that's just for you.
I know I've posted it before
but maybe it's not one you saw.

Best wishes


When we think of ostomies
we tend to think colostomies
and then of ileostomies 
and last of all urostomies.

Overall they all do matter
but here I focus on the latter.
This is because I realise
I’ve not brought these before your eyes.

Urostomies are fair and fine
at dealing with our spare urine.
Whereas we know the other two
help to rid us of our poo.

Stomas for a urostomate
can nonetheless exacerbate.
They too have bags that irritate
and quite a few debilitate.

It’s fair to say it is predicted
their mobility’s restricted.
When strapped around the leg it might
then keep that person sitting tight.

I cannot emphasise enough
that wearing bags can be quite tough.
No matter what the bags are for
they have related things in store.

It tends to pull when it is full
no way to say it’s beautiful.
And when the bag’s filled to it’s peak
that’s the time the bag will leak.

So people with an ostomy
from me will get great empathy.
I don’t regret my ostomy
but won’t forget that there are three.

                                    B. Withers 2013
(in: My Ostomy World Trilogy - Book 2. 2014)


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Feb 08, 2024 2:02 pm

Thanks, Bill... No, I didn't see your post earlier.  

Past Member
Feb 08, 2024 3:31 pm

I too have got a urostomy
Which my surgeon gave to me,
And as well is an ileostomy
Both are there for little fairy

Most of the time I'm pain-free
This for sure is good for me,
Many have needed an ostomy
Without where would we be? 

(Okay I am not a poet, just had a try) ;)


Hello MC22. Fortunately, since having the urostomy in 2009, there haven't been any problems with it for me. I have only one kidney, so of course, there was only one ureter to be connected to the salvaged bowel for the formation of the stoma. 

Fortunately, I didn't need this due to any form of cancer. So sorry to hear that was the case for you. Hopefully, you have been having regular checks with your urologist as well as with a stoma nurse.

I have a form of an open appointment as such with my stoma nurse at the local hospital. I have only needed to go a few times, for the ileostomy, due to a few sores that no matter what I tried to ease it, I knew I needed her help those times. She used the silver nitrate that did the job. 

Feb 08, 2024 10:16 pm

Hi MC22, Try asking the administrators of this site. They do monitor the postings, but I doubt that they read everything. At the home page, there is a 'contact us' button. It's a good suggestion and they might consider it. We lowly members have no control!


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Feb 09, 2024 12:27 am
Reply to Anonymous

Thanks for the response... I am blessed to have a really great urologist. I have only seen a stoma nurse once before my surgery and right before I was released from the hospital after a 10-day stay... she came to my room for about 7 minutes and changed my urostomy before I came home. However, I do have a great relationship with my urologist and can call him anytime.

Feb 09, 2024 12:29 am
Reply to TerryLT

Thank you for the insight, Terry! I will certainly try that.

Feb 12, 2024 5:35 pm

MC22, I had the same doubt at the beginning, but found that most issues are the same: flanges, skin irritation, water resistance, wear duration, etc...

I am a Urostomate anyway... so I see your point about some things being different...

I am not exactly an expert, just 6 months into it, but if there's anything I can share, I will happily do so!