I have found over the past 7.5 years (since my diagnosis with Ulcerative Colitis) and especially over the past 4 months (since my surgery) that I am beyond lucky to have such amazing family and friends in my life. I owe much of my strength and perseverance to the people around me. The support they have shown, through visits to the hospital, cards, calls, hugs, emails, FaceBook messages, prayers, well wishes, flowers, positive energy, listening ears, and more, are almost overwhelming, and mean the world to me. The extended support lead me to realize that I was not alone in my fight. I, of course, could see my parents and Kyle affected by my illness, but they were not the only ones supporting me when I needed it the most.
I have also found support through my local United Ostomy Associations of America support group. Before my first “meeting” I thought, “I don’t need a support group, I have friends and family, and I am not depressed or anything.” Let me say, I am so glad that I didn’t listen to myself because the UOAA support group offered me something that no one else could- a place to gain insight from people who have been through the same struggle and who know what it is like to go through the surgery and live with an ostomy. They can offer tips and products to try, and there are always cookies or doughnuts!
If you are looking for a support group near you visit the UOAA for information (and if you are not– you should be!)
I am so grateful for all of the support that I have received. As I count down to surgery #2 (just 12 days to go), I wanted to thank everyone who has given me support and ask that you continue to do so. I am so proud to have such an awesome family and amazing friends!
I wish I had a photo of all the people who support me, but since I don’t– here I am with some of the lovely flowers after surgery #1