Just checking me bags still on (it always is) ————————————————————————- I spoke to a guy that I work with last night and told him about my back (didn’t mention my stomach). If you don’t know I have scoliosis which I’ve had partially corrected so I have a 16 inch scar down the middle of my back. ————————————————————————-
Anyway, back to my point. He asked me if I wear swimming costumes rather than bikinis to hide my scar. Funny I literally never even considered that as an option or a requirement, let alone for my back when I have an ostomy aswell. ————————————————————————-
It made me think about bravery. I don’t think I would even call ostomates who go out onto the beach confident, they’re bloody brave. The amount of shit (scuse the pun) we get for a device which is medically required so we don’t die, is unbelievable. And frankly completely bloody unacceptable. The trolling I and others have received when we’ve been featured in newspapers. The pointing and staring I’ve heard of other people getting on the beach or at pools. When you go out on the beach with your ostomy out you’re almost 100% guaranteed to get at least a wayward glance. It’s not confidence we have it’s damn bravery. ————————————————————————-
Obviously I’m preaching to the choir here, but if you saw a disabled person on the beach physically or mentally, you wouldn’t point and stare. Why is it double standards for someone that has an ostomy ?! Or a scar?! Riles me.