Stories of Triumph
I was diagnosed at age 20th in 2005 with Crohn’s Disease. It falls into the Inflammatory Bowel Disease family.
I showed all of the symptoms associated with Crohn’s Disease. At the beginning of 2004, the disease became debilitating and started to destroy my life. (I felt like I was being held hostage inside of my own home). I could not be out in public for more than 10-15 minutes at a time, without having to run to a bathroom. Trying to keep a job was more problems than anything else. Furthermore, the embarrassment attached to my condition, when I did attempt to explain my situation, (I was either eventually asked to leave) or fired on the spot. In 2007, I retested with another gastrointestinal doctor who determined that I have Ulcerative Colitis, not Crohn’s Disease.
The doctors decided to pump me with numerous types of drugs to help reduce my symptoms. However, my intestines got more inflamed, and I lost more weight than I ever had before. I went from 185 pounds to 102 pounds. The doctors advised me to hold off on surgery. They told me they could use other drugs that might put my symptoms in remission. I decided to ignore them and go forward with the surgery, and begin the process of rebuilding my life.
My first ileostomy surgery was in October 2007. Seven months later, the doctor reversed the ileostomy. Within three months of the reverse ileostomy, my symptoms returned. I decided to go back into surgery to have a permanent colostomy in September 2009. I am living better and stronger after the surgery. I had to make several changes in life. But, one of my major issues was having to tape my body up, to take a shower. ( Not being able to enjoy a nice long shower ) Was not an easy pill to swallow, and not one I was willing to digest. That is when I decided to invent the Ostomy Shower Guard in 2013.
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Gregor Martin, Founder
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