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Person - Ostomy or Otherwise, Don’t Let Surgery Stop You From Moving

Ostomy or Otherwise, Don’t Let Surgery Stop You From Moving

Sarah Russell wears many hats. This 43-year-old marathon runner, wife, mother of teenage boys, fitness coach and trainer of more than 25 years and now a clinical exercise specialist, is also a ostomate. Nine years ago, she thought her career was over when perforated diverticulitis caused acute infection...
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5 Inspiring Ostomate Influencers to Follow Right Now

Social media has the immense power to inspire, outrage, motivate, and plant the seeds for entire social movements. These days, nothing gets past social media. Whether we’re dealing with politics, celebrity breakups, or memes, social media is where it starts...

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Furniture - How to Sleep Well While Wearing an Ostomy Pouch

How to Sleep Well While Wearing an Ostomy Pouch

The importance of getting a good night’s sleep can never be understated. Getting enough Z’s at night helps regulate our mood, boost our immunity, and repair muscles, tissues, and cells. Losing just a few hours of sleep at night can lead to irritability, fatigue, and poor eating habits.
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Text - Reflections on the Twists and Turns of My Small Bowel

Reflections on the Twists and Turns of My Small Bowel

Episode 4: Anger By Patrick Doyle To this day, no one has ever been able to identify why my bowel got twisted and caused the blockage which necessitated the emergency surgery. Various explanations included “freak” and “rare” but not totally...

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Text - Reflections on the Twists and Turns of My Small Bowel

Reflections on the Twists and Turns of My Small Bowel

Episode 2: Confusion: Hearing Medical Diagnosis for the First Time By Patrick Doyle So here’s the thing. Doctors don’t speak English. They really don’t. It’s true they use some English words that the rest of us use, but mostly they speak...

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Why Does Moisture Irritate My Skin and What Can I Do About It?

Did you know that moisture can cause your skin to breakdown? Moisture can be caused by drainage from a wound or a stoma, from urine or fecal incontinence or by too much perspiration in the folds of your skin. This damage has a name: moisture-associated skin damage (MASD):  skin breakdown caused by prolonged exposure to moisture.
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