I have seen a increased interest on here about people wanting colostomies and ileostomies. I thought I'd recommend a very good book to read before you have your surgery. It was recommended to me by my surgeon and I liked it so much that I bought my own copy:

"The Ostomy Book: Living Comfortably with Colostomies, Ileostomies and Urostomies" 3rd. edition; by. Barbara Dorr Mullen and Kerry Anne McGinn RN, ARNP"

Another book that's good is called "Great Comebacks from Ostomy Surgery, by. Rolf Benirschke"
Both of these books can be bought on Amazon.com and off of the United Ostomy Association of America website (www.uoaa.org). Hope this helps all of you out!