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sweetemma
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I am in my early 60's and hoping to meet friends who share the ups and downs of living with an ostomy, as well as, the sharing of the experiences adapting to this new unplanned lifestyle.

A heart attack in August 2018 saved my life as it helped detect Rectal Cancer Stage 1. What? You are asking? After the heart attack, I was placed on two blood thinners causing bleeding noticeably becoming a problem from my rectum. I put it down to hemorrhoids, however, it was becoming more of an issue each day until it reached the point where the entire toilet bowl was mostly blood. Long story short, I was taken to ER and after a colonoscopy plus other tests, it was determined that I had cancer. An ileostomy was performed in October 2018. Strange how one catastrophe can shed light to save your life on another.

My interests are writing, reading, art and blogging. I'm also a mental health advocate and have my own blog on Wordpress. I have struggled with depression over the years and decided to start a blog dedicated to others also coping with mental illness and other invisible illnesses such as chronic pain. Stigma is a huge issue with mental illness where people are treated and judged by others who don't have a clue what this illness is all about. During these years I also am a self-taught graphic design artist, designing mostly for marketplaces in the United States.
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