Naomi, no I do not feel better for it, I had a procedure that you May research called BCIR out of ST. Pete Florida, had it done in 2005 and developed a fistula in 2018 had surgery but would not heal so I got the Ileostomy. The hard part for me although I am older than you is not being able to date and have that companionship, I am hoping to find an ostiomate so we have something in common and the same issues. it is life changing.
Hi, it does take a while, maybe even a year or so for it to feel some kind of normal, as you can imagine its never normal like you were but things get much better and easier, even going out without thinking about it all the time. Its a new normal.