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Oh The Ignorance

Sometimes the human race makes me mad.

I’m sitting at my kitchen table doing work with my friend Sarah. Last night Sarah and I filmed a video blog about ignorance in relation to ostomies.

Sarah is now talking to a friend of hers about my ostomy after she told him about the video we filmed. She tried to explain what it is and how it works. Her friend proceeded to go on about how gross it is and how model shots “can make anyone look pretty.” It didn’t matter to him, after she explained it, that my ostomy saved my life. It’s gross, right?

Sometimes spreading awareness about ostomies is not just about explaining how they work but it’s about telling people what they’ve saved someone from; being bedridden, unable to eat, pain, and in cases like mine-death.

This is just another reason why the UO campaign is so important. It’s not just about supporting other ostomates with their problems or telling people that you have one or explaining what it does. It’s explaining why we have them.

I know I’m glad I have mine. No matter how it works.

 

PS: That’s Sarah in the video :]

Jessica Grossman
info@uncoverostomy.org
5 Comments
  • Sarah
    Posted at 00:37h, 05 December Reply

    In all fairness.. he thought it was kind of cool too! And thinks you ARE pretty 🙂

    <3 you! & He says he feels badly for his ignorance and is sorry and thinks it amazing what you are doing with the awareness.

    YAY peace has been settled 🙂

  • CA
    Posted at 00:40h, 09 December Reply

    I appreciate your bringing awareness to this but how did you get an ostomy and have not one scar? I have one that runs down the middle of me?

  • Wayne P
    Posted at 23:44h, 11 December Reply

    “How does it stay on?” is not a question I’ve been asked – yet. When someone does ask it, however, I have my answer ready: Staplegun!

    On the other hand, the question asked in the other post would have never occurred to me – “Why no scar?” As an ostomy visitor through my local hospital (and the lead member of our Post Ostomy Support Team) – I am aware of how ostomy surgeries are increasingly accomplished via laparoscopy. What surgeons can accomplish through a couple of tiny holes is just amazing.

  • Brian C.
    Posted at 07:26h, 23 February Reply

    Hi Jess I stumbled on yr blog, I don’t have an ostomy (not yet anyway, that’s all anyone can say) . . . you’re a smart stunning girl who can really make a difference . . . I’m 32 and I didn’t know much about ostomies though my grandma died of colon cancer. So I feel very touched by your message. Also you should know that people in college can seem immature and callous when they’re really just ignorant and afraid of feeling things. Don’ t lose faith that even the biggest idiot can grow up okay. You, I’m not worried about.

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