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17 years one man. One man gone, one colon gone.....now what!

Posted by softncuddly, on Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:03 am
Hello everyone! Well where do I start....both feet in here we go!!! 17 years with the same partner, surgery during that time and reassurance that this is what I needed to do to be healthy. Even words of encouragement like "if I had of known you were going to be this healthy I would have suggested it years ago"......now 9 years later I find myself single for totally unrealated reasons and going now what! I've read some of the posts wrt finding someone who doesn't run when they hear about dear baggy and am starting to feel hopeless. Here's my dilemma, there's enough jerks (for a mild term) out there that I don't even want to meet most of them and then what happens if I do meet someone that I want to date, how do you even bring up the topic????
Uggghhhh I'm so confused....I'm too young to become a lonely spinster, but I'm afraid that's what's going to happen to me. If anyone has some ideas I'm open. The last thing I want to do is hi my name is xxxxx and meet my buddy baggy!
Gus
Reply by Gus, on Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:53 pm
Well I,m not single but I am a bit out there when it comes to my stoma.   Because its visibal as a lump under my tshirt people often ask wtf is that. I tell them its my front bum and I crap in a bag. I guess i,m more out going than some but I never hide it. Its like when you see someone walkin down the street with a nicely shaped butt. I always say to myself nice arse. Well why can't we say hey nice bag, god knows its kept us going, and eliminates the need to sit of those disgusting public toilets. Don't fret sotfncuddly, your man will come along, and when he does, be up front with it. At least you will know right away the ones that are worth pursuing and those that need the flick. good luck with it
Reply by yaya, on Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:11 pm
Hi.  I read your question about when do you bring it up, the bag that is.  I am going through the dating thing for the first time after my surgery too.  I really thought my dating days were over.  I met a very sincere man on a dating site.  I never mentioned the bag.  We went out and on the third date I finally got the nerve up.  (I told him that I had something very serious to talk to him about.  I then told him that due to being deathly ill my colon was removed and I now have a bag that my poo empties into.  If you would like to think on this and decide if this is too much to handle I perfectly understand.)  He looked at me and said "what kind of man would I be if that made any difference..I like YOU" then he said "For a while there you had me scared..I thought you were going to say you had been a man" ha.. I think you will know when the time is right, truly.  If he's a jerk and never sees you again realize that he wasn't worth your time..there are nice guys out there.  You might have to sift through the rubble some but he's there..I promise!  Good luck!  yaya
Reply by paul_lowestoft, on Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:26 pm
I guess my advice would be to be honest with someone. No one who REALLY cares about you as a person with have any problems with your stoma.

Just be brave and go for it .... x
Reply by softncuddly, on Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:40 pm
Thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement and bringing a smile to my face.....
Reply by tine, on Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:08 am
I am totally honest from the start....knowing my luck i would be out on a date and my bag would leak and then trying to explain i hadnt just sat there and peed myself and it also soon windles out the men that arnt worth your time....xx
Reply by livinnandlearnin, on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:14 pm
Thanks for putting some hopeful stuff out there.  I needed to hear it.  My boyfriend of almost 4 years left me after my surgery and I know my ilieostomy had something to do with it.  I don't think he could handle it.  Prior to my surgery I was pretty happy with myself physically and I was starting to get back to that place when he called it quits.  It has definitely made me think there isn't much hope for dating again and wasn't sure how best to handle springing the news on someone.  Thanks for the encouragement.
Reply by Primeboy, on Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:46 pm
Like Gus I'm not single and I cannot speak from experience on this issue. I can, however, share some thoughts which might be useful. The timing of your "announcement" is critical. If you bring it up too soon, you might appear pushy. If you bring it up too late, you could be seen as manipulative. So, what to do? First, don't treat it as an "announcement" but rather as just one more element of a much larger picture of who you are. Chances are, if you don't make a big deal of it, your friend won't either. If you give your friend the impression that this is a major handicap or deficit, get ready to say "good-bye". Second, don't be descriptive. Any sensible person would know that "poo goes in the bag". I am new to this site but I cannot get over how so many women ostomates have such low esteem and low expectations for happiness. (Just look at some of their screen names.) Men are not seriously attracted to women who project a poor self-concept. How can they expect others to love or respect them if they don't love or respect who they themselves are. Good luck, and stay positive.
J.J
Reply by J.J, on Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:21 pm
It's been 9 months that I have had my ostomy..and haven't dated yet..guess I just wasnt really ready yet..think  I am now but I would have to agree with the mates that say they are totally honest from the start..then not much time is vested and feelings won't be as hurt..at least I would hope not..I always think of my ostomy as a good judge of character..if you have a problem dealing with it..then you are not worth my time...and truly believe you will  meet someone wonderful who will love you for you..plain and simple..I read something the other day it was a line from a book..it said something to the affect of since most hurt comes from relationships so must healing..I hope that with your next relationship you find that healing!! Smile

take care,
J.J
Reply by KennyT, on Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:45 pm
I have to agree with you JJ. While I understand what you are saying Prime I just feel that a person who is genuinely interested in you and would be prepared to be your mate,warts and all, would be open to being informed early on about your situation.I know that I would be hurt far more if I waited, really got to know them and felt great about the whole thing, then told them and they could not deal with it. It may also work in this fashion with them as well as they may feel you should have been honest with them from the start and introduce all these doubts with regards to trust.

As I said in another post if they are going to cut and run they will do it sooner or later, as if it is because of the bag, timing will matter for nought.

Ken
Reply by SheliaBaby, on Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:08 pm
I do not think it is "hiding" anything from the other person if you do not share every aspect of your medical history with them before getting to know them.  I would not do that with anyone.......the term "too much information" comes to mind here.  If you get to know someone as a person.....and you find them to be absolutely endearing in many ways.....the information that they have had some sort of medical issues in their life is secondary (or it should be).

I think that most everyone here can agree that if they "knew" about the ostomy ahead of time they were not "ecstatic" about it.  Acceptance usually comes slowly......it is not an automatic thing for most.  To expect it from others is really not fair.....it is not "life and death" for them.

Yes, it does weed out the "bad guys".......but it also might weed out some people that are just scared.  It's alot easier to turn and run when you are scared if you don't care about the other person.  If you get to know them as a "real person".....it is not nearly as easy.

Just my opinion   Shelia Smile
Reply by KennyT, on Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:43 am
This issue raises its head regularly on forums on this site and I guess we will always have differing viewpoints, which is a good thing because it creates discussion. I find the whole question slightly confusing and wonder if we don't really miss the point. That includes me.

Is the question REALLY about when to tell a prospective partner or about as was stated keeping things close to our chests regarding our medical histories. I think we could sum up the fears of many by the words in brackets in your post Shelia (or it should be). This is the exact doubt which creates the question at hand.I think that is the query that many have when they contemplate discussing this with someone they may want to have an ongoing relationship with.

It is really a catch 22 when it comes to this most difficult of issues and it depends I suppose on the ability to reconcile your own feelings towards your condition.

Ken.


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Reply by Past Member, on Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:49 am
justa thought, but if you date another ostomate you dont have to explain anything. as a result, your  "risk factor" becomes a common bond.
Reply by mooza, on Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:53 am
caos calling yes the last 4 i am agreeing with cause i cant really come up with my own. there is a bit of my thoughtS in here prob all really HEY JJ MA GIRL SO GLAD U R BACK IN TOWN NEED YOU HEHEHHE   IN A GOODWAY AND SB AND ALL EXCEPT THE BAND WAGONS ANYWAY YEAH HOW LONG DOES ANY ONE THINK U SHOULD WAIT LIKE WHAT IF U R HAVIN DRINKS AN FORGET U HAD ONE TOO MANY JUST A THOUGHT U NEVER KNOW NOT GUILTY SPELLING WRONG AAGAIN BOOOO     SOMONE MITE WANT TO ASK THIS QUESTION HAHAH BUT BE SHY LOL
Reply by Pinky, on Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:18 am
I've been on this site a while, and of course this is one of the hottest topics.

I haven't resolved it and that is why I'm still dating my beagle.  He accepts me unconditionally.

And like MMSH once said - if he's too much trouble (or snores too much) I can put him out in the yard.   hee, hee    Smile
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