I thought I’d do this in a simple form at some point you’ll be able to relate to all of these and possibly add more on.
So here is what people don’t see when you have an ostomy
The bag or stoma itself
Most of the time your bag and Stoma is hidden away, unless you decide to flash it.
Your warrior scars
These tell a story of how you got to where you are, but most of the time unless you are sunbathing, or in any other situation where your scar on show.
The pain you experience
Most people don’t see the amount of tablets, liquid medicine or injections you have to go through just to try and function normally.
The struggle you’ve endured
This was after my bladder removal last march, behind closed doors nobody could see the sadness. The I have to adapt face.
The umpteen times you’ve needed hospital visit
Unless you publicly tell people on social media of every visit, every treatment and every hospital stay. They won’t know.
How you mentally need to hold it all together
This is me now. Holding it together. With a little bit of anticipation. You wouldn’t know behind my smile I was anxious.