World Ostomy Day 2014 – Celebrating Life

World Ostomy Day

October 4th, 2014 marks this year’s “World Ostomy Day”.  It’s a day that many ostomy associations and advocates use to promote greater awareness for ostomates around the world.  I don’t typically tend to put extra emphasis on “special days”, since living with an ostomy and advocating for other ostomates is something I do every waking hour, but for this year’s World Ostomy Day, I’d like to encourage ostomates to celebrate life, and not be slowed down because of an ostomy.  

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#getyourbellyout – the campaign that changed IBD advocacy

getyourbellyout logo

We have so many amazing advocates in the IBD and ostomy community, but one team of advocates really stands out with a campaign they’ve been able to turn into an international sensation, and that’s the #GetYourBellyOut movement.

Started in March 2014, the #getyourbellyout team is made up of four incredibly hard-working ladies: Victoria Marie (twitter @colitisandme), Gem Gem (twitter @wales28), Sahara (twitter @Sahara88uk) and Lorna (twitter @lornamary_1981).

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