A patient who did not know what to expect walks you through the process (with photos)
By AnneMarie Finn
According to UOAA information on this website, a urostomy is “a surgically created opening in the abdominal wall through which urine…
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If you are wondering how to do core exercises safely with an ostomy and activate your core muscles this is the video for you. Peristomal hernias is one issue people hope to avoid through core strengthening. More information on developing hernias…
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Chances are you will be able to return to your normal diet not too long after your operation. It is good to keep in mind that foods that were good and healthy for your body before your operation are still good for you. A well-balanced diet is…
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Bladder cancer and urostomy surgery do not stop Annemarie from living her best life.
I am a bag lady. I am highly educated and employed, yet carry a bag wherever I go. I don’t leave home without it. Because of bladder cancer, I have a urostomy.…
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Summer is coming and it is the perfect time to not let your ostomy define who you are or what you are able to do. Enjoy these wellness tips by Elaine O'Rourke. In this video Elaine shares her insights into diet, getting moving again, confidence…
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Finding Hope in the Stories of Others
By Scott Steehn
All stories have a beginning, and mine is no different. It started on a cold, slate-colored February day in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1992. I was a successful standup comic who had headlined…
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By Ed Pfueller, UOAA Communications and Outreach Manager
In-person peer support has always been at the heart of UOAA. Though people worldwide now routinely connect online with others living with an ostomy, the in-person experience of UOAA's…
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Imagine being your 15-year-old self again. What did that feel like? Young, carefree, happy…healthy?
For me, I felt all of those things every day. I played the clarinet, got good grades, was athletic from running track, active in school/church…
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By Elaine O'Rourke
With the increased and heightened attention on the coronavirus, it is naturally creating a lot of fear and anxiety. This fear not only affects the mind but also the body. Right now, you want to keep your immune system strong…
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