Living An Active Life With An Ostomy; With Colorectal Cancer Survivor Doug Dallmann
Doug Dallmann leads a very active life despite his ostomy. That wasn't always the case; however. When he awoke from his surgery for stage 3 colorectal cancer in 2010 he was devastated to learn he was left with a permanent ostomy. He was "filled with anxiety, depression and uncertainty."
Adjusting to life as an ostomate took time, but within a few months he achieved his goal of completing a 100-mile century bike ride.
During our interview we covered:
Why he wanted to take on the physical challenge of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the unique challenges doing so with an ostomy.
The emotional challenge of accepting his ostomy and how he moved from "denial" to embracing his new life.
Navigating the social and dating scene with an ostomy.
Why he decided to compete in a body-building competition.