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It’s Always a Good Time When..’re hanging out with a group of ostomy people.

Ever notice how much more fun ostomates are?  Maybe it’s because those with the ostomies have had to go through so much in the past that they live life to the fullest. Or maybe it’s because we just all have a special gene that, well besides making us need ostomies, make us just a ton of fun?

This week has been, and is going to continue to be, full of ostomy community excitement because the United Ostomy Association of Canada is holding their biennial conference this week! For those that don’t know, it means that ostomates far and wide flock together for education, bonding, and a great time. (Also, swag)

On Monday, one of my friends from ostomy camp from way back in the day came into town from Calgary a few days before the conference to hang out and see the city. I got to spend some time with him while meeting another girl who had one too. I always love meeting new ostomates!

On Tuesday, I went out for dinner with that friend and another ostomy friend from camp and his lovely girlfriend. Though she doesn’t have an ostomy, she has the necessary level of fun to hang out with us.

Last night, a whole bunch of us ostomy people, and one of our very special health care workers, got together to see a Jays game! Though the Jays lost in a horrible game to the White Sox, we all had a great time hanging out together. It had been a while… Well, a while since we had hung out together in good spirits. With Alison’s passing it was a much needed reunion.


The rest of the week? I’ll be hanging around the UOAC conference at the Delta Chelsea in Toronto. If you’re there, come say hi to me! I’ll be standing at the IDEAS booth with the founder of the organization, Rob Hill, and attending the meals. The rest of the time I’ll be gallivanting around and you’ll have to catch me.

It’s not often I get to hang around others with ostomates, but once a year or so, when we all do get together, it’s an awesome time.

Hope you’ll come say hi at the conference!

Jessica Grossman
  • Donna Leung
    Posted at 13:38h, 16 August Reply

    Glad you guys had such a great time at the game! Jacob was SO bummed that he couldn’t go with you.

    • Jess
      Posted at 14:33h, 16 August Reply

      We missed him there!

  • Krysta
    Posted at 14:06h, 16 August Reply

    Are you ever near Gulf Shores,Al. or Nashville, Tn.?

    • Jess
      Posted at 14:33h, 16 August Reply

      Nope, never been!

  • Chloe
    Posted at 20:27h, 16 August Reply

    i know exactly what you mean! at UOAA youth rally i’ve made tons of ostomate friends, and true they are sooo much fun to be around! but one in particular, that i’ve known since were 4. shes always been my truest friend and always knows exactly what i’ve been through. we understand each other so much better than any of my other friends ever will. i think my ostomate friends are better because they understand me more. its like we have a special bond. like this year at the youth rally, i made friends with an incredible girl named Anna. she had had an ileostomy for a month before she got it turned into a j-pouch. at one point all the girls in our dorm had a “show your scars” part (wow that is weirdest ting i have ever said…) Anna and i realized that we both used to have ileostomys, and our scars are in the exact same spot! now we have a special bond as ilesotomy scar buddies 🙂 i just love making new ostomate friends 😉

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