My doctor told me that I would have reversal surgery and iliostomy would come off in a few years.

It’s been 42 years and I still have it.

Because of inflammation and colitis flare ups I was never able to get reversed.

Most of the time I forget I have it.

It’s become part of my life. I live every day to the fullest and don’t let it bother me at all.

I went on vacation last summer to Maui and snorkeled with sea turtles off the coast for several hours. I did this three days in a row.

I wish I did not have it, but I accept it and deal with it.

Enjoy life there’s lots to see and do.

-Dennis