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Recent Blog Posts
No one ever promised life with an Ostomy would be easy….
Having an ostomy is life changing! There’s no doubt about it. Is life with an ostomy challenging at times? Heck yes! No one ever promised it would be easy, but we have found it gets easier and we have found the challenges have been worth it. As a caregiver I promise you it has been […]
Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis
“I don’t know, diverticulosis or diverticulitis… what’s the difference?” The meaning of those two words never meant that much to me until my first colonoscopy 14 years ago. The very first conversation I had after I woke up from the test, enjoying my orange juice and cookie, was with my husband who had already spoken […]
You can always find a Reason.
I hate this! I feel like I am slowly being ripped apart. This experience is one of many: by far one of the most painful. Please let me explain. Since I was diagnosed with FAP (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis), I had to maintain a strict schedule of appointments every year, and this did not change for […]
There Was Much More to Protecting My Ostomy Than I Thought…
When the idea of ostomy surgery was beginning to enter my mind, and my future was coming into sight, the fear began. Having an ostomy changes how you are able to live your life, and that can be scary. Adjustments have to be made and those changes can make life seem uncertain. I was very […]
Not another Diet
Maybe if I tried a different diet my symptoms would magically go away. I was facing my colectomy surgery and thinking one more elimination diet might be my magic cure. However, at the end of a grueling couple of months with no relief, I found myself facing surgery. I thought to myself, “well at least […]
Living with an Ostomy
I’ve had an ostomy for so far back I can’t even remember. Do you remember the day you received your ostomy? Well I don’t. I received my ostomy when I was just a few months old. Yes, you read that correctly, a few months old. Even though I received my ostomy at such a young […]