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 have now live in Westchester, New York in the town of Scarsdale since 1999 when my with my daughter Vanessa. Vanessa studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and now works in the fashion industry. I lost my wife of 23 years to pancreatic cancer in 2020 and am slowly adjusting to being single again.

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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