Keep on Keepin' On - Uncover Ostomy
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Keep on Keepin’ On

Just a little while ago, this evening, a friend of mine blackberry messaged me and told me that his mom, who teaches at Conestoga College in Kitchener had a guest speaker in one of her nursing classes who happened mentioned this campaign! How cool is that!?

It looks like people really are getting out and there and spreading the word.

As I look at the fanpage now I notice more and more awesome posts from ostomates showing off their pictures or telling their story. I couldn’t be prouder. Myself, IDEAS, and the UOAA are so happy to see the effects of the campaign thus far.

What I have noticed, however, is that there hasn’t been much participation from non-ostomates. I’m not saying whatsoever that the campaign isn’t for ostomates, but it is ALSO for people without ostomies; people who have never heard of them before.

The campaign was dually meant to show ostomates  that it is ok to be proud of what you have, but also to let others know as well how ok it is! Most people don’t even know what an ostomy is and I wanted to make sure they did!

Pretty much, this is me asking each and everyone one of you to take 10 minutes out of your day, go to the fanpage and invite all of your facebook friends, or send out a mass email to all of those who you know and inform them of what we’re doing. Mention the campaign on twitter. Talk about it at work. Bring it up at a dinner party. Anything!

Let us let everyone ELSE know how ok and AWESOME ostomies are.



[PS; anyone know who that guest speaker was? :P]

Jessica Grossman
  • Christina L.
    Posted at 01:56h, 20 November Reply

    WOW!!!! All I can say is WOW!!!! What an amazing, uplifting and courageous campaign! Where do I sign up to help?I am a 40 year old woman and have had a permanent ileostomy for about 9 years. My journey has been long and hard. Thankfully I am a fighter and I refuse to let the fact that I have an ileostomy stop me from doing ANYTHING! I teach group fitness classes, something I thought I might not be able to return to after a 6 year battle with UC. I have an UNBELIEVABLE story regarding my very first class back that I would love to share with you sometime. I was even a contestant in my state Mrs Oregon pageant several yars ago. I received the honors of First Runner Up and Mrs Photogenic. I thought getting up in front of people with a swim suit on was brave and it was, however, seeing your picture blew me away! You are FEARLESS! Thank you! I would LOVE to do whatever possible to help get such a positive message out into the world… I hope to hear from you!

    Best of luck,

  • Martin
    Posted at 17:16h, 20 November Reply

    Your post made me think I should probably do more.

    Keep up the good work.


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