A Note To My Former Self

I’m an ostomate. It’s a noun my spellchecker refuses to accept. I’m not overly surprised by that.

After all, I also have OCD and I still find that’s a misunderstood disorder, despite being covered in the press and wider media to a greater degree in recent years. Stomas are understood lesser still.

I always thought living with a stoma would be practically unbearable. In all honesty, I thought…