Are we all HIDING?
Why are we hiding?
I've only done a few yoga classes but at the beginning I tell the instructor my limitations--mainly, I feel highly vulnerable on my right side abdomen (stoma, cancer surgery, they don't need even THAT many details).¬† And I have bending limitations. And I don't want any guff as to my chosen loose comfy clothes.¬†¬†¬† If your yoga instructor gets uptight with your demands for sensitivity, you are definately in the wrong yoga class!
It helps all of us if people meet active people who admit that they have had a colostomy.
Nobody ever gets mean about it. They bend over backwards (OK, maybe that's a yoga expression!¬† ¬† ) to be accepting. And sure, you don't want your colostomy to define you as a person, but people need to know nice people with colostomies so that when they have to deal with it within their own family/friends group, they are more comfortable.
Pave the way, Mari. This is your chance to be bold and brave and to stick up for the rest of us.