IBS Awareness Month, Jake Diekman Meets A Young Ostomate & A New Ostomy Device

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Introducing The Wrap – a new OstomyConnection feature! Each week we’ll be skimming 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:

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.” – Unknown

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.

In honor of #nationalsiblingsday I thought I would share this gem. I am the youngest of SEVEN children! These six have helped me cope with this illness and my ostomy in so many ways it's hard to keep track. Mostly their humor is what gets me through tough times. My favorite is how they say my bum is now "purely decoration". Wouldn't trade these 6 for the world! #ostomy #ostomite #crohns #chrohnsdisease #uc #ulserativecolitis

A post shared by Danielle Epperson (@ostomy_mommy) on Apr 10, 2017 at 8:00pm PDT

Did You Attend The 2016 Girls With Guts Retreat?

Girls With Guts announced that registration for their 2017 Celebration is now open to PAST RETREAT ATTENDEES until May 8th! For more information and to register go to www.girlswithguts.org.

Funding Secured For A New Ostomy Device Designed To Reduce Skin Problems

Ostoform is a medical device that aims to manage peristomal skin complications for people with ileostomies. Read more on The Irish Times.

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

It's YMCA time here at the @GetYourBellyOut ball! What a great bunch of people! pic.twitter.com/8fqFdfiUE4

— Respond (@respondltd) April 8, 2017

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Feature image courtesy of Lorna Haymes, co-founder of GYBO. 

Texas Rangers Pitcher Jake Diekman Meets A Young Fan & 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 MBL.com.

11Health And 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 Takes A Look Back At The Past 3 Years

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!

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