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I used to have so many hobbies and I was always very athletic. Now, because of feeling weak and not being able to eat much I mostly stay home, read, watch movies and talk on the phone or on the computer to friends. I often have to keep lying down several times because my energy gets so low. Do those of you with an Ostomy have a major problem with weight loss or have very little energy? Thanks again! I need some feedback. I just want to be healthy! I have so many things I want to do with my life!

Hi I am a 58 yr. old female who has had a sub-total colectomy buy may soon have an ostomy because of continued health problems. I am so scared to have an ostomy; I certainly don't want my health situation and life to become more difficult than it is now! I love my husband, 2 sons and my pets but I wish I could "be there" more for them. I love gardening, reading, watching movies, going to concerts, etc.. I would love to have a friend to talk honestly about having an Ostomy; my family and friends who are unfamiliar with this are terrified of this option. Actually I feel I know a bit more about it and I am very scared to go thru with it! I never have had UC or Crohn's Disease but I did have almost constant pain for over 30 years (I know, unbelievable) due to severe constipation after eating. Finally my doctors suggested doing a SubTotal Colectomy (2 " of colon left; small intestine connected to remainder of colon - no bad). Now I have diarrhea 10-15 times/day which is very painful! I know this is an awful subject but I really need advice. Would I be better off dealing with a bag? Someone please write, I need a friend and I need advice. I have really good insurance for the next 2 months so i need to decide what to do and soon! Thanks in advance for any responses.
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