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Ladies and Gentleman..........................
I am pleased to introduce to you my Ileostomy and Stoma that I have named Gustav!
As many of you know I had to go in for a proctocolectemy in January and at this point I have a permanent Ileostomy.
This is something that I am still coming to terms with but I have named it and Gustav just seemed to fit. A long time ago I had a kid introduce me to his Gerbil who's name was Gustav Thomas. So when I thought of a name Gustav just came to the front of my mind.
I think that the hard part for me has been the healing, sad to hear huh? I am still healing and we are almost two months past surgery, and to be honest I was not really prepared for all the healing that I am dealing with but we are almost there.
Since having my Ileostomy I have joined many groups on facebook and it seems as though one big step for people is to post a picture of them with their bag. I get it, we are no longer hiding and we want people to know that this is who we are, and in my case will be for the rest of my life.
My Ileostomy has saved my life and has given my life back to me as well. I am trying to make sure that I never become ashamed of it. I will do everything I can from here on out to wear my bag with pride and honor because the scars show the fight that I gave for so long before having this surgery. So without further ado I present to you Gustav!