In The Flesh

This is me. The new me. The me with the ileostomy.
Several people have asked what it looks like and so, here it is. Please note that I do not wear bikinis and have not in many, many years. I apologize for the blinding glare of my white, white skin.

Surprisingly, I was very hesitant to post this. After all, no one wants to see all their "glory" on display (especially on the www!) but, I feel like it's important. It's important for others to know they are not alone.  I have been so encouraged by others who have posted their photos that I knew I needed to do the same. It's really quite liberating now that I see it. 

Yes, I am imperfect. I have some extra padding that came with fighting disease for 7+ years. Lots of scars from various surgeries. A few wrinkles and gray hairs in the mix too. I am not as young and pretty as I once was. I am, however, ALIVE! And ALIVE trumps all the other stuff. So, this is me, in the flesh.

You know what? I am feeling more and more empowered by this. Having an ileostomy gave me my life back. Why should I try to hide that? Would you? Maybe I should display it daily...

OK, got a little carried away there. I will not go around in public with my shirt tied up like I did when I was 10. But, ask me about it and I'll whip out the ostomy and show you. I am happy to be alive. It's hard to be ashamed, embarrassed or negative about something that has improved my quality of life by leaps and bounds. 

Haters beware, I'm on a mission to educate the world about ostomies and the miracle my own personal experience is!


  1. You are brave. You are a fighter. You are an inspiration! I can't exactly put my finger on why, but seeing your picture and seeing your beauty with your ostomy is so inspiring to me. I'm 31 and have had my ostomy for a year and half. I'm ashamed to say I haven't even let my husband see me all out there. Now I'm asking myself why? It is the shame that's unattractive, not the ostomy! Thank you!

    1. So glad you are encouraged by this post. I'm praying for you to be brave because, i'm sure, you are already beautiful! blessings~~

  2. That's very cool! Thanks for sharing!

    1. thank you shawne1960. I appreciate your comments. blessings~~


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