I've had a colostomy for seven years. It came as an unfortunate, unrealized post-surgical accident wherein my colon was nicked as the team was exiting my abdomen. I've had seven procedures since 2016. My surgeon and I have had to deal with a fistula, prolapsed hernias, the resultant scar tissue and mesh successes and one failure (in my mind). Lastly I've felt the pain of a blocked small bowel. Oh, joy. In the meantime I have gained 35 pounds and seem to have to purchase different styles of clothing after each major procedure.
I attended a meeting of the Sacramento, CA chapter of Meet an Ostomate many years ago and wondered at that time how many of the women looked slim and well, normal! Asking what their secret was they all admitted to being bound up. Wearing girdles or hernia belts, etc. I had no need for belts back then, and so the concept zipped totally past my brain. Well, folks, I now don't go out in public without a hernia belt! My gut feels like it wants to fall forward and away from my formerly slim body.
I'm going to check with my Ostomy RN about attending a meeting. I do need to feel the comradery of fellow ostomates and learn more about safety and comfort in public gatherings.