Im 28 nearly 29 and have been thru pretty similar, Im now 10yrs down the road with a permenant Ileostomy and an ex after 6yrs together!! I am lucky to say that the 2 are not related!!
When I became single at 27 I felt that no one was ever going to want to be with me ever again because of how different I was!!
When i was ready post break up I met quite a few different men who all had different reactions and a different take on how they felt about it. Some were honest some not so much but I always knew why some guys never called again even if we had not even got that far into things!!
I then moved to Saudi (im from essex originally!!) vowing to earn loads of money and live a truly indulgent lifestyle with good friends and no men involved!!
All I will say is no matter what you plan life will always come along and change them!! I am very pleased to say I am now in a relationship with an amazing egyptian guy who is a little younger than me but is wise beyond his years!!
I even used my stoma to try and scare him off at first!! It didnt work as he had a friend who had bowel cancer very young so he knew all about 'my baggage'!!
The reason im telling you all of this is that I have been where you are right now!! who knows I may well be there again one day, but whatever you do dont give up!!
There are millions of single people in the world with and without bags, it doesnt define you as a person and anyone worth spending any significant amount of time with will know this!!
When your off the steroids things will settle, it take time to discover who you are and the person you have become but believe me you may well be pleasantly suprised by some of the people out there!! The rest of them are not worth your time or energy!!