When you were talking to your surgeon about getting an ostomy, hopefully they told you you can do anything with an ostomy that you did before.
No relationship is perfect, but I’ll tell you one thing – none of the imperfections of my relationship have been because of my ostomy.
It’s a day to not only explain what these diseases are, but to also illustrate all of the ways these diseases can affect a patient — physically, emotionally and financially. While Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are located within the gastrointestinal tract, they can impact a person’s entire body.
It is estimated that 25-40 percent of IBD patients experience complications outside of the GI tract.
All that is proof that you can date and find love with an ostomy, but despite that, dating can be scary in itself and you’ll be doing it with a big “secret” to reveal at some point so here are some tips and things to remember about sharing the news.
I compiled this from my own experience as well as from conversations with ostomate friends and strangers (I asked for advice in some social media based ostomy groups).