3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having an Ostomy

3 things about having an ostomy

The prospect of surgery can be a highly stressful and scary thing, but it helps to be equipped with knowledge so you aren’t worrying too much about minor things.

When I learned that an ostomy was in my future, I spent most of my time learning about how it might impact my life, what limitations it might force on me and how others were coping with it. But there are still some things that I wish I knew before having my surgery.

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Of Mice, Men and IBD: Why Misleading Headlines Are Harmful

Of Mice and men Misleading Headlines

Did you know that a mothers kiss can give a child IBD? Yes, it’s true, because I read it in a headline and saw the photos as proof!  Unfortunately, what the headline and photo conveniently excluded was the fact that this might only apply to mice. Recent headlines about the causes and cures for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis have been making their rounds across social media again, and they often give a misleading representation of the data being looked at, especially when that data is coming from non-human animals. 

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Not All Support Is Good Support (w/ video)

Good support Bad support IBD

I enjoy visiting support forums and local support groups, but for many years I tended to avoided them.  The problem with most support forums (and this extends beyond forums that focus on chronic illness), is that the majority of people on them are having problems.   Obviously, looking for support because of a problem is one of the reasons to be on a support forum, but sometimes the constant barrage of negatively and despair can make your own situation feel much heavier and more likely to trigger some negative emotions.

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