it almost cost me my life, it was touch and go for 6 days.
I came round 6 days after my op, and was horrified to find this bag stuck on my stomach.
I yelled and screamed in shock not knowing what I had woken up to.
I just wanted to rip it off.
It took 3 months for me to have the strentgh to walk with out the aid of my carer, and another 12 months before I felt strong enough to consider a reversal.
When the time came for me to make the decision to have the reversal, I had long consultations with my surgeon, who advised me that the reversal is not always successful and that it would take quite a while for me to get back on my feet after sugery.
I decided not to go ahead with surgery and accept living with the bag for the rest of my life, which was not an easy decision.
I have never felt better since my recovery, no more passing out when going to the loo with pain.
It hasn't affected my life, I go swimming and havd no hang ups about wearing a bather.
I count my blessings that I am still alive and not pushing up the daisy's.
I do get problems now and then with explosions and leagage, but that is nothing to the pain I suffered before my surgery.
I think the best advice I can offer is have a positve mental attitude towards the bag as it don't matter where the waste expels itself from our body as long as it do.
I do not have a problem with having the surgery now, I have accepted it and got on with my life.
I hope this gives encouragement to you, and enjoy your life.