In the past four months I have met many, many new people. Doctors, nurses, medical assistants, technicians, therapists, phlebotomists, insurance workers, cancer survivors, and cancer fighters.
Another group of people I have met are Ostomates! This was a new word for me!
os·to·mate (äs′tə māt′) noun. a person who has had an ostomy
I am an ostomate! Who knew? These have been some of the kindest and most helpful people to me. They have encouraged me, laughed with me, given me hope and strength, and reminded me of what really matters in life. They have also shared ostomy tips with me:
- Don't eat gas-producing foods
- Always carry a change of clothes in the car
- Always carry at least two clean ostomy bags with you
- In an ostomy emergency, stop at a nursing home, they will have extra supplies
This is Clarice. Clarice is an ostomate, and she is an Enterostomal Therapist. Clarice is one of the sweetest women I know. She met with me before I had surgery to educate me about ileostomies. Since my surgery, she has walked with me through the whole process; listening to me, laughing with me, instructing me, answering my questions, and imparting courage and strength to me. She has made me smile every time I have been with her. She has also helped me to find the right ostomy products for me, making my life easier and more comfortable. I consider her to be an angel sent from Heaven just for me! Thank you, Clarice!
"And now I have everything, and more. I have all I need...
My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus
to give you everything you need.
Glory to our God and Father forever and ever! Amen."