Nobody wants a colostomy but, if you are spending too much time on your bowel program, you may be dialing your GI doc after you read this.

Steve Solsyk originally resisted colostomy surgery, but now has no regrets: "I was too busy getting stuck in the bathroom and not being able to get out."

Steve Solsyk originally resisted colostomy surgery, but now has no regrets: “I was too busy getting stuck in the bathroom and not being able to get out.”

The idea of a colostomy is viewed narrowly by most because of negative body image connotations. Still, people we talked to say–and studies reiterate–that quality of life improves after a colostomy.

While there can be complications related to surgery and the resulting stoma, most say the surgery gave them back their freedom–and they w