If you are considering ostomy surgery or are recovering from it, this post is for you. The theme of this year’s Invisible Illness Awareness Week is “visible hope.” The following is a slideshow of my progress with my ileostomy. I was visibly ill for a long time, and I’m not going to include those photos here. You can get the idea: I was skeletal, tired, bruised, and occasionally dealing with tubes.
Despite my self-consciousness, I am sharing these photos with you because I want you to see that even during challenging times, life can still improve slowly and you can enjoy every victory as it comes. My life is far from perfect, but my ostomy saved my life, and I think the transformation is quite apparent in this slideshow.