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Memorial Day weekend is almost here!! What better way to spend three (well-deserved) days off than reading a good book—especially one written by an ostomate.
Whether your idea of a relaxing weekend is on a beach, at home, or spending time in nature, be sure to bring along these inspiring reads.
1. Courage Takes Guts: Lessons Learned From A Lost Colon
By Lois Fink
Paperback: 132 pages
In Courage Takes Guts: Lessons Learned from a Lost Colon, motivational speaker Lois Fink talks about her lifelong battle with Crohn’s disease and how ostomy surgery offered her opportunities for personal growth. Her courageous story is filled with inspirational messages; “Today, I’m here to assure you that you can live life to the fullest with an ostomy.”
2. It's In The Bag And Under The Covers
By Brenda Elsagher
Paperback: 149 pages
International keynote speaker and comedian, Brenda Elsagher discusses the challenges that ostomy patients face after major body image-altering surgery. Her book includes real life stories of people with ostomies talking about dating, sex, intimacy and caregiving. It's in the Bag and Under the Covers inspires ostomates overcome challenges and live more positively.
3. Life After Cancer: Coping With A Cancer Verdict
By Eliezer Benaroya
Paperback: 128 pages
Life After Cancer: Coping with a Cancer Verdict tells the story of one man's struggle to understand recurrence after recurrence of colon cancer; of dealing not only with the effects of chemotherapy treatment, but also the psychological effects of life after cancer—having ostomy surgery as a replacement for the colon that had to be removed, learning to live with a external pouch, and the slow process of accepting and loving a new body.
It's also important to keep in mind the reason why Memorial Day exists; a day to commemorate the lives and sacrifice of people who died fighting for our country. Don't forget to observe the National Moment of Remembrance: established by Congress asking all Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute to honor the fallen.