So, I thought and thought trying to figure a test that if I could do that activity then I could do anything and that having an ileostomy would not prevent me from living my life to the fullest. I had heard of a lady in my home town that had an ostomy and would not leave the house afterward. I was 20 years old and a sophomore in college and did not want to be stuck like that. Horse-back riding was the most strenuous thing I could think of at the time. So as soon as I could after leaving the hospital I tried horse-back riding. I had no problems, leakage or anything but a good time. So I figured I could do anything I wanted.
I was fortunate that the Ostomy Group met at the hospital where I had my surgery and I was able to attend the meeting as a patient. So I knew there were others with ostomies out there ready and willing to help me if I needed it.
I was sent home using a neoprene rubber one-piece appliance/pouch which I wore for many years. I lived in a sorority house my last 2 years at college with a common room dormitory bedroom. Three of us shared a room with our study desks, a dresser, and a closet. My sorority sisters knew I had the ostomy but I was very careful not to expose anyone to it that did not want to know anything about it. Pretty soon. Most forgot I had it including me a lot of the time. I found if I did not make an issue if it no one else did either.