This afternoon, my mother and I took a little drive to our local Costco. Nothing like a mother-daughter trip to the best store in the world, amiright?
Anyways, during the drive there, my mother decided to tell me a “funny story” that happened to her at work today.
Alright mom, tell me about all the hilarity that ensued at work today.. *eye roll.*
Well, as the story goes, a young coworker began conversation with my mother about how she was having major stomach issues and was unsure of what it was. My mother suggested to her that she ask her doctor to run some tests. The young woman said that she was far too scared about the tests that she may face that she would have rather not said anything at all. My mom insisted she bring it up, as it was better to go through the awful tests now to save a lot of pain for later. The conversation ended and the young woman walked away.
As she walked away, one of my mother’s patients (my mom is a physiotherapist) picked up the conversation with her, having overheard and agreed with my mother’s suggestion. However, as my mom put it, this is how he “agreed.”
“It’s better that she get her tests done now then put it off and end up with a bag on her body.”
“Hoooooooold up,” said my mom.
(Ok, well she didn’t exactly put it like to the patient, but you get the gist.)
“Actually, funny you should say that, because, you know how I was in Italy?” my mom asked her patient. “Well, actually, I was there with my daughter for World Ostomy Day as she spoke to 1000 people about having a ‘bag on her body.’”
Her patient’s jaw fell to the floor and he couldn’t stop apologizing.
“Let me show you something,” she said as she brought him over to the computer and showed him this website. He was in shock and awe at what a “bag on a body” could look like.
Thanks to my mother, another misconception has been fixed, another mind has been changed, and another negative stigma has been “nipped in the bud.”
I hope you are all doing the same.
Thanks for being an amazing ostomy ambassador, mom – I love you!