My Stoma's Journey: From Igor to Helen

Mar 20, 2024 4:22 pm

When I originally got my stoma, I named it Igor. Then, when I got permanent ileostomy surgery, I gave it a sex change and called it Helen. Because of Mount Saint Helen, it erupted like it, so it got a deserving name. I just find it funny that I tell it like that.

Mar 20, 2024 6:35 pm

Love it! I remember when Mt. St. Helens blew. What a mess!

Powdered glass ash everywhere!

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Mar 20, 2024 9:05 pm

Yes, Helen seems like a good name! Also, I've always found it odd that a female would give her stoma a male name anyway! Mine is Rosie, as I had a doctor at the hospital where I had my surgery tell me I had a "nice rosebud"!


Mar 25, 2024 3:03 pm

My first temporary stoma was named Xenomorph, after the "chestburster" in Alien.

My second is called Sequel.

They don't really have a gender, although I do tell "him" off.

Mar 26, 2024 5:01 am

😆 Love it!

Mine is Mike.

I got it like 11 years ago, and the TV show "Dirty Jobs" was popular. I named it after the host, Mike Rowe. He was always in the grossest, dirtiest situations (often covered in poo) but he ALWAYS had a good attitude and found a way to laugh through the shit. I am so inspired by him!

But "Helen" is brilliant!

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Mar 26, 2024 3:05 pm

Love your sense of humor!

Mar 29, 2024 11:53 pm

Haha! Mine is named Charlie after Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's a gender-neutral name these days, but he's definitely a man.

May 16, 2024 5:12 pm

Giving your stoma a sex change operation has to be the most bizarre and wonderful thing I've seen on this site.  I've had my ostomy since 1964 and have never named my stoma.  It prefers anonymity.   

Jun 07, 2024 9:53 pm

I named my stoma Sally, as in Mustang Sally, because the first night post-op, she was backfiring and woke the whole ward 🤦🏻‍♀️