Tips and Tricks for Holiday Eating With an Ostomy

The holidays are a delicious time of year, but for people with an ostomy, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to eating and drinking. Certain foods and drinks may not suit everyone, so checking with your doctor or ostomy nurse before indulging is vital. With a little planning, you can…

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Lakecia’s Story

I was diagnosed with anal cancer on 2/17/2021. I went through chemotherapy and weeks of radiation. At the time, It was the hardest thing I had ever been through. After weeks of treatment, the tumor was still there, so I had to have surgery to remove the cancer. On 1/27/22 I had Abdominal Perineal Resection…

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Brendan’s Story

In December 2012, I had major cancer surgery for colorectal cancer. I was given a temporary ileostomy for a 4 month period. In April this was removed and I was placed back in so-called normal bowel operational mode and the pouch removed. It was then my real nightmare began. I was very fortunate that I…

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What Happens in an Ostomy Procedure?

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  An ostomy procedure is necessary for protecting the abdominal cavity. It allows inflamed or damaged parts of the digestive tract to heal. The procedure involves changing the bodily waste such as stool or urine in your body. It allows for the bodily waste to exist in a hole near the abdomen and collect in…

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Bernie’s Story

Hi, my name is Bernadette, I am 73 years old. I have had an ileostomy for about 8 years. If you have had an ileostomy or colostomy, it is an adjustment…it gets easier and your life will be ok. I swim, I travel, I work in my garden, I do everything I always did…..one exception…

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Dr. Dilshad’s Story

I am with permanent colostomy since 1995. During the past 25 years, I faced many health challenges like sub acute gut obstruction, post operative adhesions, peristomal hernia, itching around the stoma, bleeding at the rim of the stoma, anxiety and depression etc. All the problems gradually vanished with every passing day resulting into restoration of…

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Freya’s Story

I began having symptoms when I was in my last year of High School, but over the summer felt a lot better. However, when I began college, I was feeling worse than ever. Numerous trips to the bathroom during classes was playing havoc with my studies. I had a trip planned during intersession with friends…

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