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A Tribute to a Real Life Hero

By Ellyn Mantell The untimely, shocking and terribly sad death of Chadwick Boseman added to the pall in the air last Saturday morning. I looked at my CNN feed on my desktop with my mouth agape. How could it be that such a beautiful and talented man could die so young? And what evil transgressor […]


Top 10 Ways to Raise Ostomy Awareness

A Decade of Shining a Positive Light on Lifesaving Ostomy Surgery By Jeanine Gleba, UOAA Advocacy Manager “Ostomates Unite and Help Place The Ostomy In A Positive Light! Celebrate UOAA’s Ostomy Awareness Day!”  These were the words that were spread when UOAA announced the first National Ostomy Awareness Day on July 25, 2010. A decade […]


Lynn’s Journey to self-reliance: Knowing what to expect can help empower people living with Short Bowel Syndrome

My journey with Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) spans 61 years, and it has been full of twists and turns. I’ve often wished that I understood from the beginning exactly what it meant to have SBS – it is not temporary, rather it is chronic. That means it’s a lifelong condition, and it has frequently caused […]