Last week I returned to taekwondo, a sport I did for over four years prior to being ravaged by colitis for only three weeks, resulting in the loss of my dear colon. It has only been just over twelve weeks since my surgery of 17 March. My instructor was, understandably, very wary of what excercises he gave me and I was very self-conscious about the bag and the possibility of the combination of movement and sweat causing the adhesive to fail. It went great, and I returned again tonight. After class, my instructor had a chat with me and asked what my surgery was for, as on my first night back I had only told him that it was abdominal surgery rather than going into detail about the colitis and ileostomy. Once I told him what had happened, he called one of the black belts over who had taught me since I was a white belt. It turns out that he had gone through the exact same thing a couple of years ago and now has a J-pouch, which I have planned for November this year. He didn't train while he had the bag because he went for the J-pouch as soon as he could, so unfortunately he couldn't give me much advise on training with it.
I find it fascinating that such a rare condition is present in two people from the same taekwondo class. I also find it quite astonishing that such a ravenous disease that basically strips people of a major bodily function is so unknown to so many people, but that's a conversation for another day.
A quick disclaimer: this is my first blog post, so I apologise if this belongs in the forum rather than the blog section. If it does, please let me know and I'll move it. I just find it quite amazing that someone who I've known for years and is probably the most skilled black belt in the class (other than the instructor) has been through the same rare circumstances as I and everyone here has. It is reassuring to see that I can still continue doing a sport that I both enjoy and am alright at.
Thanks for reading,