World Ostomy Day is celebrated every three years, and this year it will be on Saturday, October 6. At Hollister Incorporated, we are proud to stand with the ostomy community to show how we're "All in for Ostomy."
Throughout October, we invite you to join us in ways that can impact the day-to-day lives of people living with and caring for ostomies. Here are five of our top suggestions for how to show your support or get involved.
1. Show off your stoma sticker.
A stoma sticker is a great way to educate, start a conversation, or show support for people living with or caring for ostomies.
We suggest show off your stoma sticker by placing the sticker over your clothes, on your lower right or left side between your navel and hip, where ostomies are typically located.
2. Join a free webinar.
Have you ever experienced itchy skin, irritation, or redness around your stoma? Have you seen this in someone for whom you care with an ostomy? You are not alone!
Learn more about this and how to maintain healthy skin around the stoma in a free series of webinars in coordination with the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) and United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).
3. Participate in a walk or run.
United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) is hosting its annual Run for Resilience Ostomy 5K events during the month of October. As a proud diamond sponsor, we will be there too! This year's events will be held in nine cities across the country as well as a virtual walk/run where you can participate anywhere in the USA or the world!
4. Share on social media.
Be part of the conversation! Share a post on social media using the hashtags #AllinforOstomy and #WorldOstomyDay. Here are some suggestions:
- Snap a photo of you with your stoma sticker or ostomy pouch
- Take a group selfie with friends or your local support group
- Share your story!
5. Spend time with others.
There's no better way to live your life than to spend it the way you want, with the people you care about. Whether with family, friends, or your local support group, take time to do something you enjoy!
Visit our Ostomy Care Learning Center for more resources, which includes resources on a wide range of lifestyle topics.