Each year tens of thousands of people undergo colostomy surgery—in 1994, author Barbara Barrie became one of them. When the successful actress received the diagnosis of colorectal cancer, she knew that this was the greatest crisis she and her family would face. But it also became an adventure that, through courage and humor, brought new joys and a greater appreciation for her life. More than just a memoir, Don't Die of Embarrassment: Life After Colostomy and Other Adventures provides valuable information about the experience of having an ostomy. Barbara gives essential information about the occurrence of colon cancer, its symptoms and treatment options. Includes a new afterword, written by Dr. Otis W. Brawley.