It's Ivan's 4th Birthday!
Four years ago today my amazing doctors, Dr. Leslie Demars and Dr. Joga Ivatury removed a huge tumor out of my pelvis and I woke up ALIVE and in a colostomy which I named (Ivan) after Dr. Ivatury, for life.
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By Elaine O'Rourke
During the winter of 2005, I went from being an active, strong, 35-year-old yoga teacher to being completely debilitated, feeling like I was 100 years old and barely able to move or walk.
An extreme flare-up of Crohn’s…
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2019 Advocacy Accomplishments We Can All be Proud of
By UOAA Advocacy Manager Jeanine Gleba
I pride myself on being an “action person” and nothing gives me greater satisfaction than checking those boxes and crossing off items on my lists…
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Ostomy Strong and Giving Back on the Ice
By Ed Pfueller, UOAA Communications and Outreach Manager
In 2015 things were looking up for Justin Mirigliani. An active father of two, his ulcerative colitis symptoms were in remission. In his free…
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By UOAA Advocacy Manager Jeanine Gleba
“A boa can hide a belly bump, if you arrange it carefully!” Ms. Senior America (MSA) alum, Pinky O’Neil, explains to me. After the Advocacy Session at UOAA’s National Conference in August,…
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Imagine if everyone dealing with the emotions and physical changes of ostomy surgery could see a friendly face before…
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Subject of the movie White Boy Rick reveals why depicting his ostomy was critical to the story.
By R.S. Elvey
Hollywood movies, both fictional and nonfictional, thrive on melodramas depicting romance and violence. Car crashes,…
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By Steven Berit
I fainted the first time I lost a tooth. Not from the actual pain of the removal, but from the sight of the blood dripping from my mouth. I also fainted during a health talk in the sixth grade. Most people would call me “squeamish,”…
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Colonel Justin Blum with Introduction by retired Navy Veteran Douglas R. Stocks
I’ve known Colonel Justin Blum for almost ten years and have learned much of his story over those years. For UOAA’s observance of Veterans Day, I asked Justin…
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