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    One perspective on elective colostomy in SCI

    This is from the editor of New Mobility Magazine about his perspective about choosing to have an elective colostomy after 24 years of injury:

    https://newmobility.com/goodbye-bowe...well-to-butts/

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    https://newmobility.com/goodbye-bowel-program-hellocolostomy-a-farewell-to-butts/
    "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

    -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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    #3
    I've had my colostomy for 8 years.. Best decision I've ever made!

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      #4
      while I was reading the article, the chocolate factory came on line.
      I continued reading.
      Nice to know I can take a shower tomorrow with the appliance removed and no
      Swedish meatballs will be delivered!

      Such a nice change from being a chocolate digger.
      69yo male T12 complete since 1995
      NW NJ

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        #5
        great read and perspective.
        Sales@rollinginparadise.com

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          #6
          I haven't read the article yet, but I can tell you having it done in my 40s finally gave me a life. I wish I would've done it in my 20s and I wouldn't have missed out on so many things, not to mention alleviate my family from that responsibility. But then again, the thought of doing it in my 20s would've been hard not to have a negative body image. I doubt I could ever have considered it back then. It was scary enough to think of telling a woman about my leg bag only a few years in to my injury.
          .
          "If ya don't have it in the hips, ya better have it in the lips..." ~ Charlie - Villa Dulce

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            #7
            Originally posted by Rrrrronnn View Post
            I haven't read the article yet, but I can tell you having it done in my 40s finally gave me a life. I wish I would've done it in my 20s and I wouldn't have missed out on so many things, not to mention alleviate my family from that responsibility. But then again, the thought of doing it in my 20s would've been hard not to have a negative body image. I doubt I could ever have considered it back then. It was scary enough to think of telling a woman about my leg bag only a few years in to my injury.
            I was injured at 17 and got my colostomy at 41. I to wish I would of had it done a lot earlier in life. Best decision I have ever made!

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              #8
              This is very common. People try the bowel programs and Enemeezetc.. and most are successful but over time many do get a colostomy. The bowels can change and the feeling of control increases. It is a good option, but not for everyone. CWO
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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