Slowly but Surely Wins the Race, Right? - Uncover Ostomy
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Slowly but Surely Wins the Race, Right?

Last weekend was a crazy weekend full of creation, excitement, and great new things for Uncover Ostomy. I’m not going to give you any details because I wouldn’t want to ruin any surprises, but if you are part of the facebook page, you would have already seen some sneak peak pictures! It was a wonderful weekend with John, “the producer” who had the joy of babysitting me all weekend. I was even graced with a “celebrity” appearance by Rob Hill the famous mountain climber… Or, as most of you know him as- the founder of IDEAS. It was a quick trip but completely worth it.

On the day after my arrival into London from Vancouver I was interviewed for an article in Western News¸ one of the major publications for my university. The article can be found here, and as you can see, it does an amazing job at detailing UO.

I had been found through my Western email the week prior and had been emailed by Paul, a reporter for the paper, stating that he had been forwarded the link to the website and thought it was a topic that needed to be shared. Most of the time, the people who find me through the internet are asking for advice, tips, or tricks. I rarely get asked for interviews so this was great.

One of my main goals for UO was to spread awareness about the ostomy to those who had never heard of it before. In doing so, ostomates would feel more comfortable coming forward about what they had to people who were already aware with something that would have become part of the norm. Everyone knows what cancer is, everyone knows about AIDs, why not add the ostomy into the mix?

This article is just a small step, but a step nonetheless into spreading the awareness I had envisioned for the campaign.

Slowly but surely we’ll get there.

Only a matter of time before having a bag is the next cool thing, right?

…Well I think it’s pretty cool.

Jessica Grossman
  • Kirstie
    Posted at 01:56h, 16 January

    I think it is fantastic that ostomys are getting some media coverage, I don't know much about UC as I have never been diagnosed with anything as such. I do however have an Ileostomy after having an ACE and Temp ileostomy, so I know enogh about ostomys, keep up the great work!

  • Allison
    Posted at 03:08h, 16 January

    Wow this is awesome Jess! I felt so alone when I was at Western because none of these issues were brought up (I don't have an ostomy but I do have Crohn's and have for 9 years). I wish there was someone as brave as you when I was in university to uncover these issues. Thanks for all the work you do!

  • Sandra
    Posted at 10:48h, 17 January

    Definately every backwoods and some non-backwoods campers I know see the major advantage of an ostomy! If you have ever hung your butt over the drafty hole of an outdoor pit toilet to poop, you know an ostomy is the best and fastest way to getting your pants back on!!!

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