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My son’s first Ostomy Day

My son will grow up in a different world. He will grow up in a place where having an ostomy is a normal thing. I mean, 1 out of his 2 parents will have one!

waylon ostomy 2He’ll know what a stoma is. He’ll understand there’s a difference between a colostomy and an ileostomy. He will celebrate World Ostomy Day. He will probably at some point blurt out to some stranger that mommy poops in a bag. He will know that an ostomy is not disfiguring. It is not gross. It is not debilitating. And he will know that it saved his mom’s life.

I pray that in knowing these things, he will understand that sometimes people are different from us and that’s okay. I hope he will always remember that you don’t know what’s going on in someone’s life below the surface, and that he will have patience and show kindness to everyone.
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World Ostomy Day Twitter chat

I have loved seeing all of the ostomy love this week! It’s been great being a part of the sharing of information and spreading of awareness. And it’s not over yet!

This Friday, October 2, I have the awesome opportunity to co-host a Twitter chat with the CCFA as a precursor to World Ostomy Day. We are going to have a great panel of participants, including a colorectal surgeon, a dietician and representatives from the United Ostomy Association and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

World Ostomy Day Twitter Chat
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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!


Let’s talk about ostomies

Wait… don’t we do that every day?? Yes, it’s true, every day at The Stolen Colon is Ostomy Awareness Day, but the first Saturday of October is the official World Ostomy Day. While I obviously don’t need such a date to get me talking about it, I’m glad that there is a day where we can put that name on it.

Talking about having an ostomy is not as easy as it may seem. It’s hard for me some days to sit here and talk about all of the things that I do. Some times I’ll even type things out and wonder if I really want to put that out there for all of the world to see. It’s those moments that I just close my eyes and hit the “publish” button before I have enough time to really think about what I’ve just done.

But then I remember How I felt when I was first faced with the idea of having surgery. I was so scared and hardly knew anything about ostomies. I had this totally skewed idea that it was this cylindrical kind of pouch that hung off to your side and could not be hidden under clothes. Little did I know, that it’s likely I’ve run into some people in my past who have had ostomy bags and I didn’t even know it. But at that time, I really needed someone else who could understand. I needed someone who could tell me that it would be alright.

Lets talk about ostomies So I hit the internet and found out that I was not alone. There were several other beautiful women who were living amazing lives with their ostomy bags. And even though I will be forever grateful to those women who helped me through a very difficult time, I saw that there wasn’t enough information out there. There weren’t enough people standing up and saying, “I have an ostomy. And that’s OK.”

That’s when I decided to start writing on here. I simply hoped that I could be that person to even one other person who was scared and in desperate need of someone who could honestly tell them that it was going to be alright. And that’s what keeps pushing me to this day. That’s why I keep typing out words like “poop” and “bag leak,” even though those are not things that I would usually talk about. I do it because this world is so in the dark on what having an ostomy really means (or even what it is, in most cases.)

So on World Ostomy Day this Saturday, let’s talk about it. Let’s show the world who we are and what we can do. Let’s show them again that an ostomy is not a tragedy, but for people like me and for many of you, it is a beautiful thing.

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