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50th Stoma Anniversary

Posted by Dixie1, on Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:59 am

Hello Everyone,


I know I have not been around very much for a very long time. Getting back in touch and enjoying all the posts. So much to catch up on! This truly is a great place to come to when you feel like your "The only one with one" reminds us all we are not alone!

This July I celebrated my 50th birthday! I was 10 weeks old when I got my illeostomy! Thus it also became my 50th Stoma Anniversary! I decided now that I am 50 when no one 50 years ago thought I would survive the surgery let alone to go on for 50 years!

I've decided to celebrate my stoma, talk about it more and my life with one than I had done in the past. 50 years experience and counting! In 50 years I've had my ups and downs but as someone told me at my surprise birthday party, "Everyone says, '50, it's all down hill from here! Just keep climbing the mountain!

I can't promise I'll be here daily but definatly more than one in a while every year or so!

Have a great day! Find one thing to smile about today!






Reply by ron in mich, on Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:48 am

Happy Birthday, wow 50 yr. i thought i was doing good at 34yr. of having an ileo.

Reply by, on Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:29 am

Happy Birthday!!! 


Reply by vdahl, on Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:57 am

BRAVI Dixie... Happy HAPPY Birthday and have a rockin' stomaversary!!!

Kudos to you, too, for being willing to be open and willing to talk about it... assuming you mean outside the group too. I'm a relative newby in the scheme of things with regard to the stoma but a proverbial veteran when it comes to passing 50!!! It's truly a blessing to reach this half of the ride.

I can't even imagine the changes you've witnessed in the ostomy world. I remember it being thought of as a near death sentence, especially at such a young age. The products and process of today probably doesn't even resemble what was normal 50 years ago.

I had my first ileostomy just two years ago and had a harder time with recovery than I was determined would be my success story. Last year I had a revision and the colon totally removed. I had a few little snags but within a couple months the stoma was nicely healed and everything just got better and better. After the initial surgery I was blessed to have nurses and home health care that were God sent making the emotional recovery doable... they suggested naming my stoma so I would think of it as a part of me rather than an enemy. I named mine Roo... as in Kangaroo making taking care of MY pouch a friendly process. Getting through selecting the right combination of products  is tricky on it's own. I feel like I've mastered my routine now and can rock a change in less than 5 minutes, often forgetting about it even being there. I'll introduce Roo to anyone who cares and have probably even mentioned it to a few who don't Smile 

I'm inspired by people like you! Keep up the great attitude. I always say kindness is key... you seem to show that in spades.

Hope to see more good news! Vicki

Reply by kmedup, on Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:31 pm

You are defintley stoma-mentor-in-chief. Congratulations and happy birthday. I agree with Vicki et al.  Stories, like yours, are a true inspriation. Karen

Reply by mild_mannered_super_hero, on Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:06 pm

Congrats on your 50th !!

Reply by Bill, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:29 am

Happy birthday Dixie!  

Fifty years should give us the experience to understand that the unnecessary trivia in life should no longer hold us back  and the knowledge of hindsight to help others who might still be restrained by it. 

Best wishes



Reply by anyark, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:15 pm

Happy Stomaversary!   You are definitely a role model!   🎂🎶🌺

Reply by JudiA, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:38 pm

Congrats and thank you for posting such an uplifting note!  My 30th will be in December!


Reply by DaisyMae, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:14 pm

Happy birthday to you and your stoma. I will have my 50th in October. I've had my colostomy since 9 days old. As you said, keep climbing up hill. We are in this together. Hugs

Reply by looking forward, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:22 pm
DaisyMae wrote:

Happy birthday to you and your stoma. I will have my 50th in October. I've had my colostomy since 9 days old. As you said, keep climbing up hill. We are in this together. Hugs

i am about 6 months out  cannot imagine how you do it  what was it like for you growing up??

Reply by Tangleloft 06, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:23 pm

Hi Dixie


Congrats on both your anniversaries. I will be having a big 70th Birthday on the 27th, but only 6 with the ileostomy.

You are a true roll model for us that say they hate the ostomy. 


Have a great day and enjoy your Birthday



Reply by NewlifeVictoria, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:33 pm

Hi wow amazing 50 years and your beautiful you can write me anytime!! Congrats and Happy 😃 Birthday 🎂🦋🙏 Have a great day!Victoria

Reply by vikinga, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:31 pm

Happy Birthday/Stomaversary Dixie!!!! Glad you are here to celebrate it!!Smile) I am afellow Canuck:))

Reply by dls, on Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:44 pm

Congratulations on a fasntastic life in progress. You've spent your whole life with your stoma. Wow. For my part, I'm happy you survived and grew up to be such an inspiration.  You look wonderful. Stay on site and help us relative newbies... we need you. Again, thanks for logging back in and sharing your success.

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