Ostomies Save Lives
Ostomies Save Lives
Ostomies Save Lives. I got my ileostomy when I was 35, due to Crohn’s Disease. It definitely helped save my life which I share in the below video.
Many people have no idea what an ostomy is. Or if someone has heard of an ostomy they often think it’s only older people that have one.
This is NOT true.
There are so many reasons why you might get an ostomy.
There is no age limit. Little kids to older adults have ostomies.
It is a topic that doesn’t get much mainstream coverage, which highlights the importance of creating Ostomy Awareness.
What is the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA)?
The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) www.ostomy.org, has a host of ways to help build greater Ostomy Awareness, especially with Ostomy Day on October 3, 2020. They have many valuable resources available for ostomates and their families.
Some reasons why people have ostomies?
The reasons why people receive an ostomy can include but are not limited to:
- Crohn’s Disease (IBD)
- Ulcerative Colitis (IBD)
- Colon Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Abdominal trauma
- and many more reasons
Every Ostomate has their own journey
Although Ostomies save lives, every one deals with it differently. Some people adapt very easily and others have a very difficult time accepting their new appearance.
It is important for every ostomate to honor their journey and not to compare it to anyone else’s. Other peoples experience can help to inspire others, which I hope my story does.
Yet, I fully appreciate that there is a lot of fear involved, loss of confidence, lack of positive body-image.
If you are still struggling then make sure to download your free guide “3 simple ways to overcome fears about your ostomy”. Or reach out to Elaine directly.
Elaine O’Rourke is the creator of “Surviving to Thriving: Overcoming Ostomy Challenges so you can Live a FulFilling Life”. www.ElaineOrourke.com/ostomyprograms/
She is also the creator of “Your Inside Story: How to D.E.A.L. with your Gut” www.ElaineOrourke.com/IBDprograms/
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