This year’s Ostomy Awareness Day will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017. In the United States National Ostomy Awareness Day began in 2010. It is held annually on the first Saturday of October. UOAA continues to celebrate this day by spreading awareness and increasing national visibility of those living with ostomies. While focusing on different inspiring themes, each year through our collective voice we will reach out to the general public, carry on breaking the silence and shining a positive light on what has saved so many lives.
Last year’s theme was Resilience: “Bouncing Back into Life”, and was all about persons living with an ostomy or continent diversion finding their inner strength to bounce back from their surgery and rising up stronger than ever before.
Across the country people generated a buzz about ostomy awareness by obtaining proclamations in their hometowns, writing letters to the editors of their local newspapers, and sharing their story and our campaign logo and hashtag #IAmResilient on social media.
Other ways people celebrated included participating in UOAA’s Run for Resilience, joining our live Twitter Chat, posting their #IAmResilient selfie photo on social media and so much more.
World Ostomy Day is sponsored by the International Ostomy Association and is celebrated every three years. The last World Ostomy Day was held in 2015. The aim of World Ostomy Day is to improve the rehabilitation of ostomates worldwide by bringing to the attention of the general public and the global community the needs and aspirations of ostomates.