What would it feel like to be confident with your ostomy and not always worrying about what might happen or what other people think?
What if you were able to reduce your feelings of sadness, anger, loss and frustration, and instead, feel good about your body?
What if you could embrace day to day activities instead of avoiding them because you are afraid of unexpected leaks or embarrassed to empty your pouch outside of your home?
These are just some of the challenges and struggles we face when having an ostomy. I know, I’ve been there.
I’m Elaine O’Rourke, creator of the step-by-step program “Surviving to Thriving: Overcoming Ostomy Challenges so you can Live a Fulfilling Life”.
I’d love to send you my FREE guide “3 Simple Ways to Eliminate Fears About Your Ostomy” to get your started. Just sign up below.
I was 35 years old when I got my ostomy. I was deathly ill from Crohn’s Disease. My body took a swift decline from healthy and active to barely being able to move. I had run out of options and getting an ostomy was the last resort. It was meant to be temporary but ended up being a permanent fixture.
It was a huge ordeal, devastating, and an emotional roller-coaster ride. I felt such despair, in fact I cried every day for least a year. I hated how I looked and thought no-one would ever want to be with me.
At first, it can seem like there is so much to learn. Just overcoming the humiliation of leaky appliances is hard enough, never mind feeling self-conscious, not knowing what to wear, what activities are ok to do, or emptying the pouch when out of the house.
Wouldn’t it feel good to be doing the things you enjoy rather than be scared about them?
What if you could go swimming, surfing, skiing, spend the day at the beach and play tennis?
“Surviving to Thriving” is designed to help people with ostomies who have anxiety, fears of the unknown, who feel insecure about how they look, lack confidence, and unsure how to handle intimate relationships. It guides the ostomate through an accelerated process which helps to overcome the many fears and frustrations about having an ostomy, to feel good about their body, gain confidence to live the life they want, feel attractive (even sexy) in relationships, and so much more.
I am the proof that these methods work through my personal experience of living with an ostomy since 2005. All our stories are different but I know exactly how to help you.
We share the hardships, challenges and struggles of having a medical diagnosis and an ostomy. These affect us on many different levels – physically, emotionally and mentally.
There are many tools available to help us to deal, evolve and heal. I hope to be able to inform and guide you through the process during my program. I know I can help you get back to living your life to the fullest.
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Enjoy this song humor from my talk “Intimacy with an Ostomy and IBD” at the Girls with Guts retreat 2019.
Elaine is a certified yoga teacher since 2003 and yoga therapist (C-IAYT), Sound Healer, EFT & Reiki Practitioner, Recording Artist and International Retreat Leader. Her lighthearted and fun personality shines through her teachings/programs as she loves to inspire others. She is a contributing writer to the national Phoenix Magazine, presenter at the UOAA National Conference and invited speaker at the Girls with Guts Retreat.
Being an adventurous spirit, Elaine loves new experiences, places and cultures. Stepping into the unknown is thrilling and exciting to her as she finds it the best way to stay open to what life has to offer. She recognizes that the beauty and the challenges of life are there to help us grow, how obstacles can be looked at as opportunities. She has traveled all round the world and is originally from Ireland, but now lives in Gloucester, MA USA. Everyday she is thankful to be alive and her latest passion is surfing!