I had an awesome opportunity yesterday to speak with The University of Miami Health Clinic (UMHC) to a group of people with various forms of ostomy.
The UMHC Wound Nurses knew that as an active “ostomate” myself, I would be a great resource to discuss navigating fitness, body confidence and our medical appliances while making it a strong fit summer!
So many great questions:
How heavy do I lift?
Do I use a weight belt?
What kind of bathing suit do I wear?
And I realized that people just like me (with ostomies) have the same questions that other people (without ostomies) ask me all the time.
How will I exercise with an ostomy?
How will I lift weights with an ostomy?
How can I swim with an ostomy?
Won’t I be afraid of something happening?
Won’t I be self-conscious about it showing?
And then the light bulb went off, that ALL of these questions are similar questions that ladies I work with have about themselves that have nothing to do with an ostomy.
I’m too heavy to wear swimsuit.
I can’t wear shorts, my legs are too big.
I avoid skirts because I don’t like my hips.
I’ll never wear sleeveless because of my flabby arms.
What is the common theme here?
What you tell yourself about yourself is what you will be.
What you do all the time is who you will become.
The secret is having the COURAGE to do it anyway, despite what you say to yourself and despite what you see when you look in the mirror.
“Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.” -Bear Grylls
What is one thing you appreciate about your AWESOME body today?