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THE WRAP: IBS Awareness Month, Jake Diekman Meets A Young Fan & #GetYourBellyOut Ball

Find out which ostomate has 7 siblings!
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Introducing THE WRAP—a new feature on OC! Each week we’ll skim the interwebs for the latest headline news and headlines. It’s a chance to get inspired, discover what’s happening and stay connected to the ostomy community. 

Check out these top stories of the week, including this thought for today:

"This is so much easier said than done, but once you’ve accepted your ostomy, life definitely feels a little more comfortable." – Cate Luth

April is IBS Awareness Month.

In 1997, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) designated April as IBS Awareness Month. IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and affects as many as one in five American adults. For more information, check out six dedicated organizations who support the IBS community.

Danielle Epperson has more siblings than The Brady Bunch!

To celebrate National Siblings Day on April 10th, we found a fellow ostomate with lots of them. Danielle is the youngest of seven! Follow her adventures as an ostomate, mama and wife on Instagram. “Life can get a little messy!” You can say that again.

Did you attend the Girls With Guts Retreat last year?

Girls With Guts announced that registration for their 2017 Celebration is now open to PAST RETREAT ATTENDEES until May 8th. For more information on how to register visit

When internet friends become real life friends!

On March 23rd, the Get Your Belly Out campaign celebrated their third anniversary raising global awareness for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Founders, friends and family gathered at a charity celebration on April 8th to benefit Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Check out the highlights on Twitter using #GetYourBellyOut.

Texas Rangers Pitcher Jake Diekman meets a young fan and fellow ostomate.

Days before heading into surgery #2 to construct a J-pouch, Jake Diekman spent time at the ballpark where he met a young fan. You can also watch the video send off by teammates on Sports Day. His road to recovery from surgery and hopes to raise awareness for ulcerative colitis is featured on

11Health Technologies Inc. welcomes Flexpoint Sensor Systems as their development partner.

The partnership announced the next phase of their launch and commercialization of the ostom-i Alert Sensor, a key component of a comprehensive, colostomy care management system which augments and enhances most standard ostomy bag implementations. Read more on PR Newswire.

Hot off the press! "Courage Takes Guts: Lessons Learned From A Lost Colon"

Author, ostomate and inspirational speaker, Lois Fink writes about a lifelong battle with Crohn’s disease and what she’s learned along the way in her new book, Courage Takes Guts: Lessons Learned from a Lost Colon now available on Amazon.

Colitis Ninja looks back at the past three years without a colon.

April 15th was Amber Elder's third anniversary since her colectomy. She began documenting her journey with ulcerative colitis as Colitis Ninja three years ago to help others learn how to cope with IBD. Amber has a J-pouch and is pregnant with her first child… baby makes three for Amber and her husband. Congratulations—three times!!!

That's a wrap!