Ostomy Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

My name is Jan Madaffri, and I am 31 years old. I only knew my husband four months before my ileostomy surgery. At that time, I had a J-pouch which was slowly failing since July 1991. In January, 1990, I received my first ileostomy due to ulcerative colitis, then later reversed to the J-pouch. I wasn’t in pain anymore from ulcerative colitis, but I was unable to control my bowel movements. This put a big damper on my social life, being a prisoner to a toilet. [More]

We as humans aren’t perfect. While this may not be a grand revelation for most of us, it certainly applies to all of us. Even those of us in the medical industry are not exempt from the daily mistakes that we make in our day to day lives. When our favorite drink is messed up at our local coffee house, we simply have it fixed and nothing terrible happens. However if your Doctor or Health Care Provider makes a mistake, [More]

How to Overcome Ostomy Challenges
“How do I get my pouch to work with the creases in my abdomen?” “How do I get a difficult pouch to stick?” “What can I do to pouch a retracted stoma?” These are just some of the questions heard from ostomates on a daily basis, the world over. With the help of these tips today, hopefully you can avoid come of the common challenges that face anyone with an ostomy. When in doubt, always contact your medical team. They know your individual needs better than anyone and together you can improve your day to day [More]

Ostomy Help: Coping with Infection
It is true that our bodies contain many normal bacteria; we do not live in a sterile world. We humans have a natural immunity to many of these organisms; some are even helpful in keeping down growth of more harmful bacteria. [More]