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How can people understand
without experiencing first-
All the subtle ins and outs
Of what an ostomy’s about.
They don’t know what it’s like for us
and do not understand the fuss.
They just sit upon the loo
and go about their normal poo.
They don’t know what it’s like for me
‘cos they don’t have an ostomy.
Can folk ever really get it
if they can have a ‘normal’ shit.
This thing that is attached to me,
this thing that’s called an ostomy.
This thing could drive you round the bend
so how would others comprehend.
‘I’ sometimes question if it’s real
so no one else knows how I feel.
It’s hard for folk to really know
unless they have their own to show.
With all the angst and all the strife,
the losing of a ‘normal’ life.
You feel like one of just a few
and other folks don’t have a clue.
There’s some who really want to care
but even they have not been there.
So even with their caring stance
they’re acting out of ignorance.
I hate to just pontificate
it’s up to us to educate.
Let people know what to expect
and let us show our self-
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
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