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Here are five amazing ostomates with published books of their own.
1. The Ostomy Life
by Dave Matthew Jordan
Dave Matthew Jordan received ostomy surgery when he was three weeks old. He has learned a lot about himself and ostomies along the way. The Ostomy Life is an easy-to-understand guide to living with an ostomy and taking care of it. Topics include playing sports, traveling, eating habits, exercise, intimacy, and much more. The Ostomy Life also covers basic care techniques, what to expect after surgery, raising a child who has an ostomy, how to buy supplies, and what to say to friends and significant others when it comes time to tell them you have an ostomy. Available in Paperback and on Kindle.
2. BAGs Around The World
by Jo-Ann L. Tremblay
Step into a journey through experience and transcend the normal limits of everyday life. Join in the intellectual, emotional and physical pilgrimage to discover the meanings in and of our lives. Be touched by the spirit of the fellowship of people around the world as we celebrate 2nd chances at life. Better WITH a Bag Than IN a Bag, introduced Percy Stoma to the World. Another BAG Another DAY, marched to the beat of the recovery drum. Now, the newest book, BAGs Around the World, a collection of Jo-Ann and Percy’s blogs from THE OSTOMY FACTOR over three years, transports us to the far reaches of our everyday human experiences and life adventures. Join Percy Stoma and Jo-Ann L. Tremblay, as they explore and contemplate the life of ostomates and non-ostomates in our challenging life experiences as humans on Earth. Available in Paperback and on Kindle.
3. Duct Tape Won't Stick To A Leaky Ostomy Bag
by David H. Brantley
David H. Brantley's first serious challenge came when his doctor told him it would be a miracle if he survived another six months. Crohn's disease was simply taking too heavy a toll on his system. 30 years later, another doctor told him that he'd have to open him up for surgery to determine the severity of his colorectal cancer. Even though it was worse than the doctor imagined, Brantley persevered. In this inspiring account about fighting Crohn's and cancer, Brantley looks back at the big dreams he had growing up, including becoming a successful actor and writer-and celebrates what he actually became best at-beating the odds. Through the Crohn's and cancer, he's kept fighting and learned that living out one's dreams is not nearly as important as dreaming to live. If you're struggling to overcome an obstacle that seems impossible, you'll be inspired to keep fighting by joining Brantley as he looks back at a lifelong struggle and the lessons he's learned in Duct Tape Won't Stick to a Leaky Ostomy Bag. Available in Paperback, Hard Copy and on Kindle.
4. Health The Way Nature Intended
by Leanne D. Chan
Health the Way Nature Intended is a friendly guide to the trifecta of health: mindfulness, exercises, meal plans and recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, fresh juices and smoothies. The book was created for Darren Pedersen who knows firsthand what it is like to "lose his health." Darren underwent radiation, chemotherapy and had two major surgeries to remove his entire colon and lymph nodes. Lost in the tunnel of cancer treatment with no guide, and an overwhelming myriad of choices to make, Darren found his own balance between treatments, diets, lifestyle and mindset. "I wanted to get back to living my life on my terms and focus on getting myself back to health the way nature intended it to be." Eating well with a stoma is a whole new world. What to buy? What to cook? Your seven-day, step- by-step guide is here. Let us guide you through shopping, meal-planning and cooking fantastic stoma-safe, delicious meals for you and your family.
5. It's Okay To Have An Ostomy
by Ann Favrea
In this book Ann Favreau informs and inspires by sharing prose and poetry about her ostomy journey. Her message of transformation from cancer to caring resonates with hope and encouragement as she relates her touching experiences that emphasize, "It's Okay to Have an Ostomy." Ann is a retired educator who had a colostomy surgery in 1988. She was President of the Ostomy Association of Greater Springfield in Massachusetts and then went on to hold offices at the United Ostomy Association, serving as President in 2000-2002. She is the current President of Friends of Ostomates Worldwide USA.