Ten Commandments for the New Ostomate
by Ron Bartlett, March 2002, Halton-Peel (ON)
Editor's Note: This is a brand-new article, written by Ron Bartlett
of UOA Canada, not to be confused with a much older article of the same
name which has circulated in numerous UOA Chapter newsletters, and
appeared in this newsletter in Sept
- Thou shalt not take out thy feelings of anger and frustration on thy
spouse/significant other or family.
- Thou shalt not demand special consideration. Thy ostomy doth not make
thee an invalid or render thee disabled.
- Thou shalt remember to use a deodorizer in the bathroom after thou has
emptied thy pouch.
- Remember that thy family needs thy love and affection just as thee
- Honour thy E.T. She/he is your friend in need.
- Thou shalt not be ashamed of thy ostomy, it may have saved thy
- Thou shalt be ready at all times to help others as others have helped
- Thou shalt not feel sorry for thyself, instead thou shalt give thanks
for a new lease on life.
- Thou shalt remember at all times that thy partner in life suffers with
thee and thou shalt not add to their suffering.
- Above all thou shalt give thanks for a new life and freedom from