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Bladder Cancer: How is a urostomy connected?

Ostomy | Last Active: Nov 9, 2023 | Replies (16)

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Hi Collen! I was born with spina bifida. Back then (1965) rather than Ditropan to help the bladder retain the urine and the use of catheters, they performed ileal diversions/urostomies. My ostomy allowed me to go to public school instead of a special needs school (I wouldn't have been allowed to go in diapers in those days), and easily go to sleepovers, swim at the local pool, live with roommates in college, etc. 🙂

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Thanks, hope you keep doing so well.

@colleenyoung Oops ! Sorry for the missing "e" in your name in my reply to you, Colleen! Signed, Juli < --See what I did there? 🙂

Hi Juli(e) 🙂 Thanks for catching the misspelling so that I would see your reply. I appreciate your willingness to share your ostomy history. I understand your adult outlook of how the ostomy permitted the world of public school, sleepovers, roommates, etc. Did you perceive it that way as a child too? Did you hide your ostomy or was it something friends and roommates knew about and you were able to help them learn and understand?