Why do some of the best lessons in life have to come from the most painful experiences? I guess it's because they're the same lessons that can make us better, more humble. We found eight ostomates who have discovered just that.

1. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

2. Be unapologetically glamorous.

3. Life is full of uncertainties. It’s up, it’s down. It’s bad, it’s good. Seize the day!

4. Remember what's really important.

5. You’ll never how many are behind you 1000%.

6. It's never too late to be who you want to be.

7. After everything you’ve been through, you deserve an awesome life. 

8. When you have good news to share, tell the world.

Dear ostomates, you deserve to feel happy. The kind of happiness that inspires others because it's contagious and real.