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Social Security Disability Benefits for Colon Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer and your condition makes it impossible for you to work, you might be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees disability programs that provide benefits to those who are unable to work, but who meet specific criteria. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […]

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Resilience on Display at the Ostomy 5k

Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k Expands its Reach By Ed Pfueller, UOAA The cause of ostomy awareness was visible on streets and trails all over the country for two Saturdays last October. People embracing life again after ostomy surgery, people still struggling with recent hospital stays, nurses, family, friends, returning participants, and local runners, were […]

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Herrett Family Story

By Megan Herrett Adequately summarizing what our family has gone through over the past almost ten years requires going back to the very beginning.  Our daughter, Maggie was three months old when we realized that she looked a little jaundiced.  Our pediatrician agreed and ran what would be the first of hundreds of tests to […]

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How Stephanie Urzi is Raising Awareness

Stephanie shown here with the proclamations she had declared for Ostomy Awareness Day in 2016. (Left side proclamation is from Governor Chris Christie for the State of New Jersey; Right proclamation is from the NJ Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders)[/caption] In 2003, at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I […]

Annie Gammell’s Story

My colostomy story began when, at age 56, I discovered that I had late-stage colorectal cancer.  A large tumor was discovered during my first colonoscopy, and it was cancerous.  Thus began a long journey that eventually led to colostomy surgery on my 64th birthday.  After the initial surgery to remove the tumor and part of […]

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Tricia Hottenstein’s Story

Saying that my ostomy gave me my life back is not an understatement. I don’t think I have ever felt better in my entire life. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s when I was 15 and in the 12 years I suffered before having surgery, I never once achieved full remission. I missed more school than […]

Ray Elvey’s Story

I had ulcerative colitis that was unresponsive to any treatments including remicade infusions. In January of 2006 I had ostomy surgery. My first comment was “It is so quiet down there.” After three horrible years my life was given back to me. I am now disease free and colon cancer is no longer a worry. […]