Here are three books every ostomate needs to read this fall.

A good book can change your life!
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How can we feel more connected with others? One way is by reading a book you can relate to, especially if it's written by someone who went through ostomy surgery. A good book can change your life! Here are three books every ostomate needs to read this fall.

1. Does This Hospital Gown Come With Sequins?

by Lisa Goodman-Helfand

222 pages

A chronically ill mother of two recalls her near-death experience after the birth of her second child. Lisa Helfand bares her soul from a hospital bed in Chicago, at times feeling a million miles from help, even when surrounded by medicine and many latex-gloved hands hoping to cure her with standard protocols. Her condition confounds doctors and family, while her internal struggle is muffled by a tracheotomy. Lisa's road to recovery is documented with humor and poise in her debut memoir, Does This Hospital Gown Come With Sequins?.

Does This Hospital Gown Come With Sequins?: (and Other Questions I Asked During My 218-Day Hospital Stay)

About the author: Lisa Goodman-Helfand had ileostomy surgery in May, 2006 due to a complicated child birth. She is 41, married with two children, and lives in in Chicago as a writer and professional speaker. Lisa's blog, Comfortable in My Thick Skin explores, motherhood, marriage, body image, and redefining beauty.

2. Bag Lady: A Memoir

by Sandra Benitez

216 pages

Bag Lady is the poignant true story of a woman's struggle with the chronic, debilitating disease of ulcerative colitis. It chronicles how she coped with it before and after making the momentous decision to have a permanent ileostomy. Bag Lady: A Memoir runs deep. It is more than the story of a woman and her disease. It reads like page-turning fiction, but it is all true. This book is an account of Sandra's 30 year struggle with ulcerative colitis, and her acceptance of the ileostomy surgery that changed her life.


About the Author

Sandra Benitez is an American novelist. Her work has earned nearly two dozen honors, awards and grants, and she is much in demand as a teacher and speaker. She is the 2006 Central Region winner of the ConvaTec Great Comebacks Award.

3. Great Comebacks from Ostomy Surgery

by Rolf Benirschke

207 pages

Great Comebacks from Ostomy Surgery includes inspirational stories of 15 people who have survived and thrived following ostomy surgery. They share their heart wrenching and heartwarming stories about how they dealt with challenging circumstances that led to their ostomy surgeries.


About the Author

Rolf Benirschke is a former NFL placekicker who at the age of 24 was struck with ulcerative colitis and needed life-saving ileostomy surgery. Remarkably, he was able to return to the game he loved and play seven more seasons.

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