Thank you Mike, for posting a suggestion to help us get to know each other better. Although we all, "old timers" or newbies have ostomy issues at times, we are more than our ostomy. This has been a very difficult 2 1/2 years for me, with events unrelated to ostomy causing undo stress, leading to ptsd. I didn't understand what was happening, and kept thinking that the nightmares, anxiety, change of personality, irritability , sleeplessness etc...."would go away , eventually". Last August, I realized it was only getting worse, and I did need help. Sometimes, we're so far down the well, that we don't see the forest for the trees. With help, in less than a year, I'm coping with my deamons, and am recovering from the worst of the symptoms. Just because we have an ostomy, doesn't make us immune from other life issues....financial, emotional, or personal. Today I splurged and ordered 2theater tickets for myself, one for a matinee, and another for an evening performance on the same day. I call is my tourist day in NY. It's been a long time since I've done this......mostly because being out of the house for extended time was just too difficult to contemplate. Instead of dreading being out.....I'm looking forward to .....looking forward. And all the above has nothing to do with my ostomy. So for those who are "down in the dumps" and feel they can't move forward.....I'm offering some free advice. Face your fears...and anxieties, cry when you have to, do deep breathing to get you through the anxiety attacks, and know that you're stronger than any one issue. Finding that positive focus, is a lot more productive, and a lot more work, than wallowing in sadness, for any reason. It's just difficult to do the work....but worth it. Best regards to all who read this. I don't think I "know it all", but after 50+ years with an ostomy, I do know that other issues sometimes impact our well being....more than the ostomy.
Next week, I begin treatment for the second time for Hepatitis C. The last time , 12 years ago, it involved intefuron and ribovarin and I spent a year enduring the horrible side effects. In the end, the treatment didn't work. I swore I'd never do it again, until treatment was 100% effective. Now there is treatment that is supposedly 95% affective, and so I'm taking a chance on the 3 months of treatment. I've had progressive liver disease from the Hep C for the last 50 years ( from transfusions I had when I was sick) and facing therapy now, at this time of my life is probably the most difficult decision I'me making. I'm giving up another 3 months of my life to the the minimal " headaches, weakness, and fatigue that the new treatment causes" So I'm looking forward to a summer of pampering myself with leisure and lots of pool & book time....
Live isn't always easy, but I'd rather have this than the alternative. 2014 & 2015 were not good years for me....but I hope that the second part of 2016 improves my quality of life.
I hope this helps others who are stuffling with real life issues.... Thanks again Mike.....and all the others who post & reach out.