My Dad went through The process. He lived many years past the Cancer surgery. Did not seem to slow him down. I'm glad you are on the road to recovery. My Dad was quite the jokester. I would see him head outside and would ask what are you doing. He would say I have to step outside to Fart! I was like How? Your Butt hole is not connected. He said you don't want me to do it inside! Trust me!... he had to release the gas build up in the bag. Otherwise you would never know he had the bag.