Colostomy or not to Colostomy? It's an easy choice!!!
I thought it would be good to post that having a colostomy is really NO BIG DEAL. It is certainly better to be living with a colostomy than to die without one.
What I mean to say is that if you are facing a choice of a treatment program that has less chance of survival by keeping your original plumbing, don't be stupid! Take the route that has the best chance of long term survival. If that includes the removal of your rectum and leaves you with a permanent colostomy, then do it!
I have lived without limitations for 25 years with a permanent colostomy, and with a little planning and with the right ostomy supplies, a reasonable diet and regular exercise, I live a completely NORMAL life.
I surf, I've hiked to the top of Mt Whitney (twice!), I've SCUBA dived, I do yoga, I enjoy intimacy with my lovely wife of 33 years, we've raised two fine sons which included a lot of wresting and physical activity.
Would I prefer to have my original plumbing, of course, but not at the cost of my life or chronic pain and discomfort.
If a colostomy is the best way for you to beat cancer and have good colon and overall health, I highly suggest you do it. Get a good ostomy nurse, try all the products on the market from Convatec (my favorite), Hollister and others. Take charge of fight to beat cancer and to make the best of whatever amount of time God gives us on this planet.