Top 10 Reasons to have an Ostomy

Today is World Ostomy Day. A day to raise awareness and bring ostomies into the conversation. I know there are a lot of reasons that people don’t want to have an ostomy, but I started thinking of all of the great things that come along with having one. So please enjoy…

  1. No colonoscopy prep EVER!
  2. You no longer have to try to hold in the noise when someone else comes into the bathroom.
  3. You can go in the woods without even dropping your pants.
  4. You have a constant reminder that you really are supposed to chew your food better.
  5. No more accidental farts in front of someone you’re trying to impress…
  6. …but you are now the master of the “silent, but deadly.”
  7. You can poop in bed… Or in the car… Or really anywhere.
  8. It opens up a whole new world of ostomy fashion.
  9. There’s no need to bring along a magazine when going to the bathroom.
  10. When someone asks, “Who farted?” you can reply with a confident, “Not me!”

Happy World Ostomy Day!


16 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons to have an Ostomy

  1. Matthew Dobos

    Ah, #20 brings back memories. In college my roommate and I have a guest over. The guest notices something really foul. My roommate knew I had this surgery, so he says to our guest “Nice try, Mark!”. So Mark, who also knew about my surgery, asks “how’d you know it was me….. Oh that’s right, I forgot”. As nice as it is to know “it’s not me”, I still miss the pull my finger jokes. Great article, Steph!

  2. Leisa O'Brien

    Great comments Stephanie- my sister is a sufferer of Crohns and has an incredible sense of humour – you should check out her guest facebook page for her ileostomy bag she calls Barney Murrin. He goes on many adventures with her and his comments are hilarious. She helps herself and others to deal with this with her humour. Thank you and all the best!

  3. Gabriel

    I know this is an old post but I just had to comment… I was having a pitty party over my stoma+GI problems so I decided to google me some stoma humor and came up on your site (this page) and you’ve just made my day! Just had to thank you for that 🙂

  4. Amanda

    #11…my addition is: Never worrying about pooping your pants while running a marathon! I’m running Twin Cities Marathon tomorrow, the first full marathon I’ve done with my ileostomy. First time I ran it 6 years ago, I was completely healthy. Now I’m a ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s survivor. 🙂

  5. Reg Phillips

    Great to hear of triathletes & marathon runners
    I played rugby from age 30-47 after surgery, so people need to know what can be done with an ileostomy

    1. Stephanie Hughes Post author

      Reg, I think that’s so awesome that you played rugby after surgery. That is a true testament that you can still do all of the things you want! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jessi Jackson

    I have a urostomy, so for mine it’s pee. And I now pee standing up and still have to get onto my husband and son about Peeing on the seat… I’m new to this just got it in April of this year and I aim better than them! It’s not that hard guys Lmbo!

  7. Faye Collins

    Hello. I have had my ostomy since Dec.2014 due to mass gangrene in my right buttock.
    I recently started using Fennigans and it has been a pleasure! Polite,kind and efficient.


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