I believe I've mentioned Paul Riome before. He's an ostomate from Canada who has lived his life to the fullest over getting a colostomy -- he's climbed mountains and trekked through Nepal since getting an ostomy, among other things. I haven't been to Paul's blog in awhile, but I went to it today and read through a presentation he gave as part of receiving a "Great Comeback" award from Convatec. There were words on one slide that I wanted to share:
I traded Rectal Cancer for a permanent colostomy.I feel (mostly) the same way. (It's still tough for me to say that getting a colostomy was one of the best things to happen in my life, because there's times when it still sucks. But when you put it in the context of it being something that kept you alive, how can you say that it isn't one of the best things to happen in your life?)
It was a good trade.
My colostomy was one of the best things to happen to me in my life.
I am alive, and living is everything.
Certainly the cancer and colostomy hurt me,
but it has made me a stronger and better person.
It gave me a greater appreciation for life, and made me focus on the important things.
If you want to check out Paul's blog, you can find it here: http://www.livingbiggerwithcolostomy.com/