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blondqtee

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Hi Everyone..... I'm new to this forum and just wanted to put myself out there and say Hi!! I received my colostomy after complications from my radiation treatments that I received 5yrs ago. Count them 5 years ago!! I was diagnosed with cervical cancer 6 yrs ago and proceeded with chemo and radiation. After my treatment were done and over, I had been experiencing pain in my pelvic region. After many more dr appts they discovered I had sustained some nasty burns in my colon from the radiation. Fast forward 4 yrs.... I started experiencing a lot more pain, pain that pain meds wouldn't even touch. I found out that I had developed a fistula. The fistula ended up through the vagina wall. Not a pleasant site!! One year ago I received my colostomy. It has been a godsend!! I still get depressed sometimes wishing my life was normal. Alas!! This is my new normal.

I am happy to have found this site though. I find that I have many questions still and do not know who to ask. I enjoy reading your stories that offer humor to the things that have made me cry not so long ago. Looking forward to making friends.




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Hi blondqtee,

Welcome to Oland. I am happy that you found this site too. I have only joined a short time ago and it has made a difference in my life. I have had a stoma for 6 years due to colon rectal cancer. This past September i finally reached out into the internet and found a few sites somewhat like this one. There is something a bit more special about this one tho. First of all it has been around, I think longer than any other. Second their is soooo much more information here than any other. Third, it is set up more user friendly than any other. I have found it  quicker to research things that pertain to my needs by just going to the list of forums. Anyway, I could go on but I hope you find your way of asking all your questions. You could just start a new topic with your questions. This site has wonderful, experienced folks who just want to help. 

There is a chat area as well where we get to talk to each other in real time. You could go there and ask about where to post your question too. You will get a message to remind you about the weekly chat time, but you can go to the chat room anytime. Hope to meet you there!

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Hi and welcome!  I have to agree with Alice, this place is awesome and one of a kind.  Never found a site where the people really do care about you and your well being as much as they do here.  I've made a lot of close friends here. 

 

Welcome and ask any questions you may have. 

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I'd like to add my welcome to Oland.   It truly is a wonderful site.  We really care for each other.  There is always someone available to answer your questions; and believe it or not, in no time you'll find yourself answering other people's questions.

Enjoy the forum and visit often.

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You will be happy to have found Oland and such a great group of people. It is nice to know that you have someone to ask other than a doctor for the little things.

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You will be happy to have found Oland and such a great group of people. It is nice to know that you have someone to ask other than a doctor for the little things.

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