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From a new idea for continent ileostomy surgery and a mission project by Chiara DeMarchi to honoring the legacy of Dana Marshall-Bernstein, 2018 was one for the books! Here are the top three most read stories on OC last year.

1. These stunning portraits of women from the Invisible Body Disabilities Project are a MUST SEE.

From her home studio located in northern Italy, artist and photographer Chiara DeMarchi captures stunning, unretouched photos of women living with invisible illnesses. Her mission is to combat negative feelings surrounding chronic intestinal disease, surgery, and scars. An inspiring project showing the beauty of these women, inside and out.

2. The TIES System: A groundbreaking approach to continent ileostomy surgical treatment is in the offering.

In Oslo, Norway a company called OstomyCure has developed a new revolutionary procedure for ileostomy patients. The Transcutaneous Implant Evacuation System, TIES® System, promises a life without skin barriers and ostomy pouches. Only time will tell if these trials lead to the next shift in the treatment of bowel diseases.

3. Dana Marshall-Bernstein’s legacy lives on in the film, Semicolon; The Adventures Of Ostomy Girl.

After battling Crohn’s disease for most of her life, Dana Marshall-Bernstein died at the age of 28. The 2015 documentary chronicled her life in and out of hospitals and her relationships with family, friends, and doctors. So many watched the film and loved Dana’s feisty and outspoken attitude. She'll always be remembered as a shining star in our community.

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As 2018 passes and 2019 gets going, the entire team at OC would like to say thank you for connecting with us each day. It means a lot that you are part of such a caring, inspirational, and ever-growing readership which now stands at almost 50 thousand in over 10 countries.

The impact of so many people coming together in one place to share our collective voices is insurmountable. Without a doubt, it's both meaningful and significant. We know how much trust that requires, which is why we strive to create content with integrity.

Whatever this year holds in store for you, know that we are wishing you well and supporting you during the highs and lows that all of us have experienced as ostomates. Needless to say, you’re in very good company. Happy New Year!