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My name is Paul and I was originally diagnosed with colitis in the 1970's, but subsequently told I had Crohn's disease. I had my ileostomy done in 1978 at NYU in Manhattan (I can't believe it's been that long!). I was in my early 20's at the time and getting my life back on track and dating were probably my two biggest concerns. Luckily, neither proved to be a big issue.

I grew up in New York City (Queens and the Bronx) and now live Westchester, New York in the town of Scarsdale with my wife Marisa and daughter Vanessa. We moved to Scarsdale when Vanessa was born is 1999 and she's now a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.

My interests include art, music, movies and visiting museums. I also love to draw fashion and, appropriately, people who have ostomies!

Despite the little annoyances of living with an ileostomy, it saved my life for which I am grateful. I would be happy to share thoughts, ideas and experiences with other ostomates.
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