Colonostomy; Illeostomy

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    Sep 02, 2009 10:09 AM GMT
    COLORED TEXT GOES HERERESIZED TEXT GOES HERENext week, I must undergo surgery which will result in a temporary colostomy, or more precisely, illeostomy. I am not handling it very well, emotionally. icon_sad.gif I am 99% bottom and having any sort of surgery "down there" is pretty hard to deal with. I was wondering if there are any support groups, etc. for guys like me. My situation is, thankfully, temporary, but in my case that still means 6 months! All thoughts and ideas are appreciated.
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    Sep 02, 2009 3:04 PM GMT
    Hi Anxious-

    I can relate to how you feel. I had a colonostmy when I was 14 years old. It was very trumatizing for me. 30 years ago there was no support groups.

    Here is some information that I dug up. It's a support group wwwC3Life.com.
    I only had mine for 3 weeks THANK GOD! and I have a battle scar down the center of my abs to prove it.

    I'm surprise that your doctor did not provide you with some pre-operative counseling mine did when I was kid.

    Good Luck and I know the journey that you are about to embark on. Trust me.
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    Sep 02, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    Try using Google as a tool to find the groups you might be interested in. The Internet is a very big place, and, almost always there's something about what you're looking for.
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    Sep 02, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    I was threatned with that when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis that was seemingly uncontrolable. Thankfully the doctor and my body was able to overcome this because my condition would have been permanent. I feel for you and hate you will have to undergo this, I cried half the way home when I was told it was a possibility. Bright side is that it is temporarily which is a blessing buddy. Not sure of any support groups but im sure you can find some and find people in permanent situations that learn how to deal with it. Smile because you will be back to normal shortly afterwards, 6 months will fly by!
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    Sep 03, 2009 10:21 AM GMT
    I know it can be worrying, but at least you know its only for a short while, and then you will be ok. My uncle had it for years, right up until his death two years ago. What I'm trying to say is, you will get through it and in a few months it will just be another memory. I'd search the net or even ask your doctor about a support group in your area, or even online. BIG HUGS for you! Everything is gonna be alright.