Saturday, June 16, 2018


Can you believe it’s been 4 months since surgery? I remember thinking 4 months would feel like 4 years and now here we are. This journey is as windy as my intestines on the inside yet so obvious like Winnie on the outside. I’ve sure come to know my body differently and pay more attention to it too.  In saying that I noticed a large hump like bump on my ride side so had a visit with my GP to find out more. As I suspected from some Dr Google type research I have a hernia, she’s a pain in my right side and have jokingly named her Harriette. 

I’m often asked why I name everything from my car to my colostomy bag and now my hernia. It never really dawned on me till today. I used to think it was just a funny thing I did but it’s more than that. It’s things I cherish or live with. We name our kids, our pets so why not our car?  My car is white and from Alberta so found the name Snowflake quite suitable.  Winnie took her name from Pooh but we changed it to 💩 poo and then to pouch. Winnie the Pouch. A hernia is annoying and I don’t know any Harriettes so won’t offend anyone, yet imagine she might have annoyed me at the age of 6 playing in a park. It also just gives me a smile thinking up these funny names. When times are sad or tough, a smile can sure change things. Do what you can to get that smile 😃.

As much as my smiles come around I also have some sad tough days. I felt like I was just reaching a point where I could do more physically and now Harriette shows up....told you she was annoying!  My GP advised we won’t be having surgery for a while as I’ve been through too much so will have to live with her for a bit. Hernias are common to happen post abdominal surgery but nevertheless a total roadblock in my recovery.   

I’ve been in contact with Ostomy Canada and they’ve asked me to submit an article by September which will be published in their next issue!  How exciting is this as I’ve always said I want to be a part of awareness and change. As of 2016 an approximate number of 90,000 Canadians live productive lives with an ostomy, we just go about things a little differently at times. If you go to you’ll see that it’s run by volunteers. If you feel you’d like to help a cause close to my heart (obviously) please take a look. Donations fund Ostomy Canada and no amount too small.  

I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in another 4 months. I’m hoping my swelling will be less and my hernia gone, maybe even a trip to the desert 🌵 with some gal pals. Most likely one more surgery by years end to finish “fixing” where they removed the tumour and had to reconstruct. Once that’s done I’ll be able to sit better which is my biggest struggle. I really want to ride my bike Mango but it’s not very comfy to say the least.  No biggie as she’s safe all locked up and maybe in 4 months we’ll ride again, just might be in the rain but I’ll be so happy I won’t care one bit!




Update Dec 5th

Sorry I am a day late! This is from Carly yesterday :) Pic 1 was taken months ago and shows how big my hernia was. It was even bigger at...