Embracing life with chronic pain and illnesses.

I must preface that this could be a turn off for a lot of readers. With that said!

Our son had a baseball game today. I asked my husband if there would be only port-a-pots or full facilities.

As an ostomate, we have to think/plan for this! I have had a peristomal hernia in the past, so I wear support to prevent that from happening again. I have a simple wrap around that goes around my waist that my bag goes through….I also have another option that is two-fold — a spandex bodice top that offers full support from waist up, plus a wrap that is spandex that can be used to fake an undershirt. This second outfit allows my bag to be under everything…allowing easy access to change the bag.

My hubby thought the ball field had full facilities…so I wore my brace.

I bet you can tell where this is going!! You guessed it! Port-a-pots only!! So after all games were done, I grabbed my purse (which always carries bags, garbage bags and base plate —for emergencies) and headed to the “facility”. Once inside…a quick look showed where I could sit my purse….then the removal of the wrap…resting it on my pants….I could then juggle the new bag and place the old bag into the disposable baggy.

We quickly learn to be flexible! We must! Just know….have your supplies and take a deep breath. All will work itself out!

Be ready! Be prepared! Get out there! Do not let your ostomy prevent you from living and participating!

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