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From entertaining to thought-provoking to downright hilarious, we hope one — or all — of these books will land on your reading list. Here's a roundup of books written by authors who are ostomates. They might make you laugh, could make you cry, and may even change the way you think about your ostomy.
I'd Like To Buy A Bowel, Please!
By Brenda Elsagher
I'd Like to Buy a Bowel Please! is filled with stories from eighty contributors comprised of health care workers, support people or one who lives with an ostomy. These stories give us a glimpse into the daily challenges of a person dealing with an ostomy while it shows their incredible spirit and humor to cope and move on with their very full lives. The author's witty and slightly sarcastic humor is weaved throughout.
About the author: Brenda Elsagher is a national keynote speaker, comic and author. Diagnosed with colorectal cancer at age 39, Brenda’s mission is to educate people on the importance of colorectal screening. Brenda’s philosophy is to “find something to laugh about so everything’s easier to get through!”
Don't Die of Embarrassment: Life After Colostomy and Other Adventures
By Barbara Barrie
A remarkably candid and informative first-person account of surviving colon cancer and living after a colostomy. Don't Die of Embarrassment: Life After Colostomy and Other Adventures is a helpful guide for anyone facing this life-altering surgery. In 1994, Barbara Barrie became an ostomate. 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 to her life. More than just a memoir, Don't Die of Embarrassment provides valuable information about the ostomy experience.
About the author: Barbara Barrie is an American actress of film, stage, and television. For several years she played Mrs. Barney Miller on the television series Barney Miller. She has performed Shakespeare at Stratford and with the New York Public Theater in Central Park, and she played Brooke Shields's feisty grandmother on the hit series Suddenly Susan.
It's Not Over Till the Bag Lady Rings
By Ian F. Spratley
Intended for cancer patients, survivors and those who care for people with cancer - healthcare professionals as well as friends and family - and those wanting an insight into this disease. It's Not Over Till the Bag Lady Rings enables the reader to get inside the mind of a cancer patient and discover what it feels like to have to cope with this disease. On the basis of comments left on the author's blog, this book should appeal to cancer patients, survivors and those who care for people with cancer - healthcare professionals as well as friends and family - and anyone else wanting an insight into this wretched disease.
About the author: Ian Spratley was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in December 2005. He lives in Milton Keynes with his partner Annie, 3-1/2 bikes, 2 guitars, a photo of his dog and continues to out-ride and out-sing this disease.