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…
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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. …
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Basic Tips for Changing your Ostomy Appliance
By Wendy Lueder
If you feel overwhelmed by changing your appliance, please know that your feelings of anxiety will diminish over time. I know it can be difficult at first but…
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Colorectal Cancer: Be informed if you are a candidate for an ostomy reversal
By Joanna Burgess-Stocks, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Not everyone who has an ostomy as a result of colorectal cancer and other diseases will have the…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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After healing from ostomy surgery, people of all ages and types enjoy swimming, surfing scuba diving or just relaxing in a hot tub. We understand the anxiety from worrying about leaks can keep some people out of the pool. There are no ostomy…
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