A triumphant true story of loss, illness, and recovery. How one woman turned the sow's ear of chronic disease into the silk purse of a fulfilling life. Bag Lady is the poignant true story of a woman's struggle with the chronic, debilitating disease of ulcerative colitis. It chronicles how she coped with it before and after making the momentous decision to have an ileostomy and commit to wearing an ostomy bag on her stomach for the rest of her life. It is more than the story of a woman and her disease. It is the story of a life buffeted by a mindboggling series of profound downers, any one of which would defeat most of us. It is a metaphor for the physical and emotional "baggage" that encumbers every person's life.