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Visible Hope

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.

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5 comments on “Visible Hope

  1. Wow! Thanks for the tour! Your attitude is delightful, even in spite of all your hardships. Glad to see you are running around and enjoying every minute of life. Very inspiring!

  2. I teared up as I saw your pictures because I never took any while in the hospital, even though I was there a lot! Glad to see you are feeling better!

    • Thanks Jess. I took these without having a definite goal for them. I figured a few photos would be nice to have around if I ever decided to share them with someone going through similar situations. How have you been doing? Staying out of the hospital, I hope. šŸ™‚

  3. Wow! What a rockstar! You are so brave to share these photos – such an inspiration to live as you are and without fear. Thank you!

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