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Ostomy reversal 6.5 yrs later

Posted by latina63, on Thu May 16, 2019 8:42 pm

It's funny how I can still relate to my ostomates. It's been almost 7 yrs since my reversal from an ileostomy due to cancer and a lower anterior resection. Sometimes when I am having a bad day, I like to come on here and it brings me a sense of comfort. It's hard to explain. It has gotten better but definitely still NOT a bed of roses. Due to my resection being so low I still have a lot of bowel movements and rectal nerve pain from the surgery. I somehow power thru it, do I sometimes wish for my ostomy back? Many times for sure but I am grateful and somehow the good days outweigh the bad. Just know that someone thinks about you (even though I don't personally know you) and says a prayer. Life is hard but it's for the LIVING and I will try to live it to the fullest!

Reply by mild_mannered_super_hero, on Thu May 16, 2019 9:59 pm

wonderful attitude, congrats on your sucessful reversal Smile

Reply by Angelicamarie, on Fri May 17, 2019 2:08 am

 latina63....Hi so many had reversals and never looked back. It’s nice of you to think of us... I do hope your health continue to get better. Good Luck!



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Reply by Past Member, on Fri May 17, 2019 4:00 am

As Angel said, I think it's really great that you still think of us and that you still get some comfort from this site.  Life IS for the living and you have the right attitude to make the most of it!  Way to go! Best of luck to you in the future.

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Fri May 17, 2019 9:14 am

Just goes to show that we all have issues to overcome! Some are big, or seem big at first and once we adjust our attitude, the issues become smaller! I don’t mind small issues, so I keep a big attitude! Lol


Reply by lavern, on Tue May 28, 2019 4:37 pm

Reading your post made me think of me and my daughter's situation.  I have a perminent illeostomy since 2014 (ironically..... today is my 5th year anniversary!!)   My daughter had a temporary illeostomy for a year and reversal surgery resulting in a J-pouch.   We have both had complcations but in general I think her sitation is more complicated than mine.  She often says to me.......I think having your pouch on the "outside" is easier in many ways!!  When I think back on the day she had her reversal surgery, I remember that she was concerned about going thru with it because she read about so many complications from reversal surgery.  I told her that I would try reversal if I had the chance.  Dont get me wrong.  I see myself as a succss story and I live my life to the fullest today! 

I guess its all in the perspective, right?  Thanks again for sharing your story.  I'm always happy to read about different life experiences!!


Reply by latina63, on Thu May 30, 2019 11:11 am

Thank you all for your comments!!! Life gives us all lemons sometimes and somehow we have to make lemonade!! LOL

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