This post was originally published on Cancer Owl.
If having cancer has a stigma, then having an ostomy bag must have like a hundred more. When you read this comic, you might think, "No way! She's making that up!" And I can affirm that: NO, this happens. And it's humiliating. I had a co-worker who went around telling my other co-workers that he could smell my bag.
Note: Below is the original story submission on Cancer Owl from my cancer survivor friend, Heather. Her true-life story takes the cake for shocking things that people say to and about you when you poop in a bag. Here's Heather's original submission:
I had been diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer just a few months earlier, I was 25. As a result of the all the nastiness in my colon's playground, I received an emergent loop colostomy. I hated it, despised it, was fully embarrassed of it and nervous to be around people. Well as luck would have it, the time period was around Christmas and as soon as I vacated the hospital my family members were calling to invite me to their holiday parties. Mostly everyone was very sweet and accommodating, simply asking how I was doing and if they needed to have anything special for me during my visit. Mostly everyone did not include one snarky Aunt, we'll call her Liza. The first words out of her mouth were, "well if Heather is coming she needs to hang some of those car air fresheners around her neck; we don't need no (sick) poop smell around the lasagna." True story, the end.