1. a long or roundabout route taken to avoid something or to visit somewhere along the way.
To celebrate life’s beautiful detours, here’s another lovely Detourist onWhy Not Wednesday.
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I’d like to introduce you to someone who has created for something very, VERY special from his detour – Something that helps people all over the world. All because of one detour: HUMOR.
When you have an ostomy, you need a bit of humor in your life – I know this all too well!
Matthew Paul Mewhorter is quite the Detourist – a pretty funny, talented and resilient one too.
Take it away, Cancer Owl…
No one expects to crap out their stomach in a bag, do they?
I remember quite vividly hearing about other people getting colostomy bags and cringing every time I heard it. I remember looking at those brave fools on Huffington Post modeling their bags while basking half naked in the sun.
That was them, but it wasn’t me.
And I still didn’t think it could be me when my radiation oncologist told me they were probably going to have to remove my butthole after I was diagnosed with rectal cancer.
But yep, it was me. I got an ostomy bag, and I continually crap through my stomach. I didn’t lose my butthole, so my ostomy is temporary, but I will have lived with an ostomy for 8 months by the time I have my it reversed.
And I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that there are days I still feel like a freak, a Frankenstein’s Monster of sorts. I can hear the circus now, “Come ladies and gentlemen, and see for yourself the grotesque man who pinches a loaf from his abs!”
So what to do? What to do, what to do?
I made a comic about it, that’s what I did. And it’s gross, blunt, and funny. And you know what else, people have loved it. I created cancerowl.com as a way to cope with my cancer treatments and ostomies.
Here’s a little of what I made:
It turns out that my detour became my new journey, as thousands are responding to the comic since I released it in the summer this year. Turns out other people find the idea of crapping through your gut something worth talking about too. And it can be hilarious!
Life is good, and I’m so glad to be surprised by a new path. Now ‘scuse me while I empty my bag for thegazillionth time today.
But still, that’s why…I #LoveMyDetour!
Thanks Matthew! I’m a big fan of humor to get through difficulties, as well as accentuate the better times. Once I spotted these cartoons on my twitter feed, I couldn’t get enough. Creativity is the best way to connect with the person under all of life’s various twists and turns. it You can see the awesome person “behind the bird” at his own site. Thanks – what a hoot! (sorry, couldn’t resist)
If you’re curious to learn a bit more about ostomies, check out some of my posts on living with an ostomy.
I #LoveMyDetour…now tell me why you love yours.