I have realized recently that even though ostomies and inflammatory bowel disease are not often discussed topics, there still are a lot of great resources out there. There are organizations, business and blogs that you can go to for information, apparel, advice, comfort, merchandise and many other things. I thought it would be a nice idea to highlight some of the places I have come across. So here’s my first Follow Friday ostomy/IBD style!
For anyone living with or faced with getting an ostomy, one of the biggest concerns is being able to feel comfortable in your own skin. I remember thinking before I had surgery, how would I ever feel sexy again? How would I be able to look at myself the same way ever again? And right around the same time that I was asking myself those questions, Awestomy was gearing up to start making undergarments for people living with an ostomy.
Their products are aimed at giving security and confidence to their wearers, and also allowing for some humor. They sell booty shorts for women that are high-waisted with lace and include a pocket for your ostomy bag. They have wraps for men and women that help keep the bag in place and smooth and also have a pocket for extra support. And for those who appreciate a sense of humor, they sell a number of t-shirts with phrases such as “Brown Baggin’ It” and “mama’s got a brand new bag” on them.
Awestomy is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5000 that will allow them to ramp up their production abilities, research new lines of ostomy clothing, and put together a strong marketing campaign. What’s more, they have pledge levels starting at $1 and they have some great incentives for your donation, from ostomy apparel to getting to choose one of your next sayings for their stickers to even getting to be a fit tester for the company where you give feedback on the products and you get to keep all of your test items! They have a video on the page that talks about the company and what they hope to accomplish through the campaign.
They also got involved when word got out about the Cincinnati Police Department’s comments about people with ostomies and started the “Right 2 Remain Sexy” campaign, showing ostomates for who they really are: beautiful and sexy individuals! They put together a digital poster of ostomates from all over the country and were awesome enough (pun intended) to include me. Check it out!
Awestomy founders Jason and Jessica have a personal connection to the products they are making as Jason had surgery to get a colostomy in March of 2012. It has been a pleasure getting to know their business through interactions online. They also donate 15% of their sales each month to a non-profit that is connected with digestive diseases or ostomy awareness. So take a look at the work they are doing and consider being a backer in their campaign!