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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How I Use Evernote to Manage My IBD

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Managing a chronic illness can be daunting. Keeping track of medication, medical history, a symptom diary, a food log, prescription receipts or important articles can get out of control pretty fast, so if you were to ask me for a single solution to keep this chaos in order, I’d tell you it’s Evernote. I don’t want the following post to sound like an ad; I just want to share with you how I’ve used this software to manage my Crohn’s Disease and my ostomy. I really, REALLY love Evernote!

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Preparing for surgery – what to bring.

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I’ll be heading in for my second surgery soon.  This time it will be to remove my rectum.  For my ileostomy surgery, I brought a lot of stuff to the hospital – too much, in fact.  So this time I’ll be trimming down what I bring based on that experience.  Here are some things that you should bring or may want to consider bringing during your next hospital stay.

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