My name is Katie Lee, and I was diagnosed with stage 1 rectal cancer at age 33, only eight months after the birth of my second child. My tumor was ultra-low in the rectum and required much of my involuntary sphincter muscles to be removed…
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By Elaine O’Rourke, Ostomy/IBD Health Mentor
Peristomal hernias are something that every ostomate should be aware of. Although a hernia can occur for a wide variety of reasons, there are some common factors to take into consideration, such…
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In celebration of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week 2021, help us to shine a bright light on these special nurses. They give us the hope, support, and specialized care needed to thrive in life with an ostomy.
WOC nurse volunteers…
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I want to tell my story concerning my ileostomy in order for people to understand how it is living with one and how a person can live a normal life and more.
I had my original ostomy surgery 49 years ago in 1972 - you can imagine how surgeries,…
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When Paige started seventh grade, she was excited to meet new friends and begin new classes, like most 12-year olds! Her life quickly changed when she began to experience medical complications. At the beginning of seventh grade, Paige started…
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Michael Seres started 11 Health as a direct result of his experiences as an ostomate. He had suffered with Crohn’s disease for over 30 years and after a small bowel transplant, he needed an ostomy. He felt alone and powerless. The bags were…
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By Sarah Biggart
Though having ileostomy surgery 15 years ago gave me my life and freedom back, it does bring its own unique set of concerns and challenges in daily activities and pouch changing schedule. I typically change my full appliance…
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Colorectal cancer survivor Allison shares her ostomy story. "No one truly understands what you are going through physically and psychologically more than those who have been there themselves." Check out her mythbusting videos and more.
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