Meet TarJay. I named my stoma TarJay, after the round red balls that welcome you into a Target store (even though, he was not round.) I love those Target bright red balls. They make me happy. They're cute. They make me feel welcome (so, I will spend more money, I did take Marketing 101, after all.) I knew my stoma didn't even come close to "cute" or "round" but it did welcome me to a whole new world and actually at times made me very happy. I woke up from surgery with a double barrel ileostomy. I was told it would be a temporary thing, which is just a fancy way of saying, "Deal with it, until we try to figure something out." It ended up being the most humbling and enlightening 9 months of my entire life. I learned so much about myself. I might have cried until I was dehydrated but I have also laughed until my sides hurt. I believe I have felt every emotion that a human can feel and because of that I feel grateful. I chose my revision because I had a choice this time. I knew that I was going under the knife for my total colectomy. My surgeon asked me, "Do you want me to try to revise? If it works, you wake up without a bag, if it doesn't, you already know how to take care of it." A 50/50 chance. I said "Go for it." My decision was for all the people out there that didn't (or don't) have a chance or choice. I woke up...bag less. But, I remember. And, that's why, I do this website. Because I remember.... I will post my progress 😊
*Fyi... I also have a Total gastrectomy, so my surgeon cut me through the same line down the middle.
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