The great news is that swimming costumes are back in fashion – yay! Pretty much everyone is selling them now. I ordered about twenty so that I could try every style, type, pattern and this is what I found worked.
Patterned – the funkier the better, as the pattern makes it so much harder to identify lumps and bumps and movement under a pattern.
Ruched – especially if it is on the same side as your ostomy, this will hide all manner of sins. Ruched is also incredibly slimming, in fact most shops sell their ruched swimming costumes as their 'Miracle Swimwear' as it gives the illusion of a smaller waist.
Two costumes and 53 bags
Once I had found a swimming costume that worked, it alleviated most of my fears and I had even decided I was going to give swimming a go. I took two swimming costumes and about fifty-three ostomy bags – just to be sure.
My thinking behind the two swimming costumes was that I wouldn't want to put a wet swimming costume over a fresh bag.
Are you even wearing a bag?
When we got to the spa, I slipped into the disabled toilet to change into my costume, so no embarrassing moments there.
My friend, not even thinking, said she loved my costume and when I asked if she could see my bag, her face was a picture as she said she had forgotten I had one because you definitely couldn't see it.