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#MyOstomyStory

During the month of October 2015, to celebrate World Ostomy Day and the 6th anniversary of Uncover Ostomy, we partnered with Coloplast to launch the #MyOstomyStory campaign.

We asked our community members, both with ostomies or without, to share their #MyOstomyStory about living with one, taking care of someone with one, or simply being educated about it.

Here are some of the amazing stories that we saw over the course of the month. Let us know which one were your favourites by liking/commenting on the posts. Out of these posts and the many others that have been shared, we are going to choose few winners who will become some of the newest contributors to our site.

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#MyOstomyStory Videos

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#MyOstomyStory Submissions

(These are just a few! Find more by checking out our Facebook page, or searching #MyOstomyStory on Twitter & Instagram!)

19 years old, 6 different OSTOMY's!Since June 27, 1996 I have never lived a day without an ostomy. Colostomy,...

Posted by Kaitlyn O'Brien on Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy #WorldOstomyDay! This picture was taken on my summerholiday in Austria. It illustrates perfectly how I feel at...

Posted by Roel Killaars on Saturday, October 3, 2015

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It has been quite some time since I have written anything or shared my story. I figured what better day than #WorldOstomyDay to share #MyOstomyStory. I have had #crohns for 19 years. Tomorrow markets the 9 month anniversary of my surgery, a day that has forever changed my life. It was the day I went under the knife to have a small, scarred portion of my colon removed and woke up to my worst nightmare, my surgeon telling me that things did not go as planned and in order to save my life he had given me an #ileostomy. Oh the horrors that ran through my head at the time and the amount of tears that were shed. After a few self-pitying moments, I decided that I wasn't going to allow my #ostomy to stop me from living my life. I can't tell you how many blogs and stories I read in the first couple of months after surgery, some quite dark and depressing, while others were oh-so-positive and uplifting. So far I have started my own blog, traveled quite a bit and have even done some things I had never imagined doing before. I'd have to say that the last few months have been a crazy roller coaster ride for me with major changes in my personal life and my professional life. I am making major strides at work toward my certification as a commercial real estate appraiser and taking on new projects, in the process of buying a house and continuing to be the social butterfly that I am. #StormyStoma #worldostomyday2015 #getyourbellyout #ostomyawareness #ostomate

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#myostomystoryI named my ostomy Colin because I wanted to commemorate the memory of my colon. When I'm angry at it or...

Posted by Cynde Patrick on Friday, October 9, 2015

My son Noah has to irrigate with his Cecostomy each night for an hour on the toilet 7 days a week. He sits on the...

Posted by Susan Sweeney on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

#MyOstomyStory began in February 2015 when I was diagnosed with Cervical cancer for the 2nd time at the age of 29....

Posted by Anna Alexopoulos on Saturday, October 31, 2015

An ostomy comes with mental challenges as well as physical ones. When I was two weeks old, I was diagnosed with...

Posted by David Matthew Jordan on Sunday, November 1, 2015

Today is World Ostomy Day, so today in conjunction with Uncover Ostomy I want to share with you #MyOstomyStory It's really hard for me to distinguish between Geoff's story and mine, in a way I diminish and simplify a lot of what has happened so that I was able to cope with all the hospital stays and watching someone I love in pain. So this is our story. Some of you may know that my husband Geoff had emergency surgery in early 2014 to remove his colon. He had been diagnosed in 2010 with mild Ulcerative Colitis which flared up during times of intense stress. While we were in Emergency, ileostomy surgery was first mentioned. 2 days later it became more likely. After nearly a full month in isolation and after prolonged steroid and Remicade treatment, it was the only option left. Geoff has had 2 subsequent surgeries, including j-pouch creation and ileo takedown, but has been hospitalised on at least 6 different occasions for post-op infections, internal abscesses and drain insertions. As someone who has also has digestive issues, I remember thinking it would be the end of the world to end up with an ostomy...except it isn't. I am so happy that I still have my husband here to share good days and bad, because there is a definite possibility that without the surgery he wouldn't be here at all. Geoff's ostomy never bothered me, at all. What did bother me is seeing how much it had affected Geoff's confidence, and I wished that he could see that it had not changed how I felt about him in any way. An ostomy doesn't stop you living your life, it's giving you most of your life back. You can keep living, and doing everything you want because you aren't in pain or tied to the nearest bathroom (which is what UC was like). If you know, or support someone with an ostomy - share your story today to help break the stigma surrounding ostomies.

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#MyOstomyStoryI am 16 years old now, and 16 years ago i was diagnosed with Colitis. i was 42 days old when i had my...

Posted by Madii Harris on Sunday, October 4, 2015

#MyOstomyStory Gee where do I begin? About the age of 15, I started having bowel problems and couldn't go to the doctors...

Posted by Megan Baker on Sunday, October 4, 2015

#MyOstomyStory 20 years since I was diagnosed with Crohn's as a preteen, 4 years since my ileostomy surgery.There are...

Posted by Kim Daley on Sunday, October 4, 2015

#MyOstomyStory About 13 years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Up until then, I had only heard of it, but...

Posted by Brandon Wilch on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Okay so here goes. Here is my story. You may wish to get yourself a cuppa before you start! Time to take a trip back in...

Posted by John Gray on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It's #WorldOstomyDay & this is #MyOstomyStory (very condensed due to 15 years of severe disease): I was diagnosed when I was 7, almost 8. Symptoms since I was 6. I have spent most of my life in and out of the hospital. Barely made it through elementary, middle, & high school.. Resorting to #tpn and homeschooling by the end. College has been a hit or miss, having to drop semesters and take time off because of flare ups. I've had an #ostomy since I was 18, it saved my life, and I'm on my third ostomy right now. My disease is severe, with #ulcerativecolitis too, and recently my #peristalsis has stopped working, causing chronic blockages. I have many other secondary illnesses. Life is pretty tough right now.. BUT! Every second I get that's a little healthy, I love to dress up in fashionable clothes, do a photo shoot or two, cook fancy food, go hunting, work out, volunteer with my therapy dog, drink good wine and beer, be outside.. And generally love life. This picture shows all the different stages I've went through for the last months.. From surgery, to beach, to makeup confidence, to hunting. The fight is real, and extremely tough.. But I'm not giving up - and this disease is going to have to kick me a lot harder before I'm going to turn in the towel... "Because I've still got a lot of fight left in me. 😎" #undercoverostomy #ibd #crohns #ibd #ostomyday #ostomy #ostomyawareness #spoonie #stoma #crohnsdisease #chronicillness #invisibleillness #invisibleillnessweek #sick #uniquebeauty #girlswithguts #gotguts #guts #getyourbellyout #bellyout #uncoverostomy #myostomystory @uncoverostomy

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