Swim suit season is always a trigger for most people- the image they have of themselves showing more skin. Some people are comfortable in a bikini, others perfer a one peice and others the tank-ini.
For both girls are boys with an Ostomy- how are we to handle being in a swim suit while also being socially acceptable.
My take on this subject is having the attitude of- be yourself. I dont see how having an Ostomy changes anything about how you'd normally go about things and dress. Its summer! -Rock your body and use your ostomy as an accessory. Be confident and accept it as, you have an ostomy, and you're going to the beach, and gonna wear a bikini without feeling self concious. I personally have never had the feeling of thinking i was fat or ugly- i never worried or focused on that. I see it as, so long as you feel good about yourself, are having fun and enjoying your day- it really doesnt matter! I say, go about your summer as you would any other summer before you had your Ostomy.
However, after having talked to a select few, some had a different perspective on it. They thought that by exposing my ostomy it would be asking for attention- that I would be asking people to feel sorry for you. Others thought that it would be gross to have it uncovered stating that theres stool in the bag and it would be seen as revolting to have it exposed.
Whats your take on this? Anyone care to share their opinion?
Should you hide the ostomy? Or be confident in your own skin?