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 paulyvous690, Man 54  Liverpool Merseyside

What do we lose?

Hi Everyone,I've had an ileostomy for 15 years now and a general matter that I've come across is that a lot of Ladies have spoken about losing their Femininity since having to wear a stoma bag. This, of course, is very understandable amongst other insecurities and adaptations that We've all had to face. As far as Men losing any sort of Masculinity, I can, of course, comment that this is also true. I've had numerous rejections from able-bodied Ladies in the past because there are many physical and psychological issues to face. So I would be interested maybe in hearing peoples' opinions about how they feel their dating options now stand. Do you feel more secure and hopeful with dating a fellow ostomate or would you keep your options open to dating from a wider circle?

 ddesignz, Woman 61  Ottawa Ontario

Prednisone

I wanted to blog about prednisone, the best drug ever for flare ups if you have UC or Crohns, the deadliest drug ever, long term side effects. I was on this drug for close to 8 years, the weight it puts on is incredible depending on your dosage of course. I was always a slender teen and when my doctor started me on it i put on 30 pounds. Keep in mind though when your weened off prednisone you lose all that extra looking weight. Furthermore, after surgery over the course of 8+ years my hearing started to go, i developed allergies, my joints were painful, kidney issues, i could go on. Ive been off that little white pill since 1988, and now left with all these nasty side effects. I guessed they figured living with Crohns/UC was not enough, the added burden of health issues to follow would be worse. I dont totally condemn the drug, if taken in small doses its fine and will do the job, ...anything longer then that there may be problems. They are more advanced today then in 1980 when i was d…