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Happy Stomaversary – And they lived happily ever after!

Stomaversary, Bagaversary, No Colonaversary, whatever you like to call it, today marks 3 years with my stoma!

Technically my first ostomy was formed 3 years AND 5 months ago. 1,095 more words


Preparing for surgery: So Many Questions

This post was originally written for Eakin’s “A Bigger Life”: http://abiggerlife.com/preparing-surgery/

I remember seeing my surgeon and stoma nurse prior to surgery with a notebook full of questions I wanted answered! 576 more words


**Ostomy O-Week** Some final Philosophical Questions + Pondering

The final post for Ostomy Orientation Week (or month as it turned out!) goes a bit deeper and personal, pondering some of the more difficult questions and feelings around life with an ostomy. 872 more words


**Ostomy O-Week** PART 4.5 - More on Stomas

There is just so much to talk about when it comes to stomas! This part of Ostomy O-Week talks about stomas – naming them, size, prolapses and if you can feel your stoma. 546 more words


**Ostomy O-Week** PART 2 – BAGS, BAGS, BAGS!

This is Part 2 of Ostomy Orientation Week – it’s all about BAGS! Changing and emptying your appliance: where and how often you change your bag,  what type of bag and other stoma supplies you use, peristomal skin, how frequently you empty your bag, your emptying technique and ostomy leaks. 1,444 more words



 “An Orientation week for Ostomates”. What to Expect When You’re Expecting a stoma!

I recently held Ostomy O-Week on the Stoma-licious Facebook page and Instagram account.  264 more words


Keeping Hydrated – drinking with an Ostomy (including the hard stuff!)

One of the first things I was told as a new ostomate was the importance of staying hydrated. Hydration impacts so many aspects of our body and health including skin, mental state, digestion, even blood pressure, kidneys, muscles and joints. 698 more words