Lady ostOmates

Their incredible stories of strength and resilience show that living life to the fullest is possible, even with an ostomy. Their unwavering courage and determination are truly inspiring. Join us as we explore their journeys of triumph and hope.

Jearlean’s Story

I was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare cancer, at 3 years old. From ages 3 to 11, a Manhattan cancer center was my home ...
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Kimberly’s Story

I found out I had cancer without my doctor saying the word “cancer.” I was constipated and constantly bloated. My bowel movements weren’t voiding completely, ...
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Meghan’s Story

I couldn’t ride in a car for fear of having an accident. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 13. I went into remission a ...
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Mikey’s Story

Imagine not being able to go to the bathroom—and you don’t have a colon. For 14 years, I had digestive issues, and it was hard ...
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Nicky’s Story

I was always the youngest person in the doctor’s office. Back then, younger people didn’t used to get Crohn’s, but I was one of them ...
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Clare’s Story

I was 18 when I started feeling unwell. For years, I was in and out of the hospital. At first, the doctors thought it was ...
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My ostomy was my Christmas miracle. I was in the hospital for 3 months because of a bad Crohn’s flare. On Christmas Eve of 2007, ...
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Carol’s Story

Not a lot of people talk about cervical cancer or having ostomies. I was diagnosed in 2011, and it reoccurred 10 months later. I was ...
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Keyla’s Story

I’ve always had really bad stomach aches since I was little. 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I didn’t know ...
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Alexis’ Story

Since I was a young adult, I’ve always been religious. At age 21, I was in a domestically violent marriage with two kids. For six ...
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Yolanda’s Story

I had a fistula and had surgery to repair it. It did not close afterward, so I went for a follow-up and was told there ...
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