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THE WRAP: Quality of life study, UOAA welcomes new volunteers & two WOCN proclamations

Find out what's happening in the ostomy community this week.
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Each week on The Wrap we'll skim the interwebs for the latest 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:

"My ostomy has affected every single aspect of my life, positively. It DOES define me… and I choose how.” – Charis Stoltz

New Study Aims To Improve Quality Of Life For Ostomy Patients

A nationwide, multi-site project will test a new way to teach cancer survivors at three facilities how to care for their ostomies. Nurse and assistant professor in the Division of Nursing Research and Education, Virginia Sun, PhD, RN, MSN, is spearheading the City of Hope branch of the study. Read more on City of Hope.

Connect With Gutless & Glamorous On April 23rd In Atlanta, Georgia


Fun • Fearless • Fellowship

When: Sunday April 23
Time: 2 -4p
Who: You

Connect | Share | Inspire

See you soon...💓

— GutlessandGlamorous (@GutlessGlamour) April 13, 2017

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gaylyn Henderson invites you to Ormsby's Atlanta on Sunday, April 23rd to have FUN and play games, because you are FEARLESS, and build a FELLOWSHIP with those living with IBD, ostomies and chronic illness. Find out more about “Fun, Fearless, Fellowship” events at

New Book Release: The IBS Elimination Diet And Cookbook

It’s Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, and there’s a new book out from one of the leading expert in FODMAPs and IBS.

IBS--Free at Last! is now The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook. Time to rec the *new* book to patient. Same program!

— Patsy Catsos, MS RDN (@CatsosIBSFreeRD) April 29, 2017

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD has written The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook, a complete guide and cookbook for overcoming IBS by discovering your dietary triggers and building a personalized, doable, and fulfilling diet around nutritious, delicious foods. Now available on Amazon.

Today Is National Tea Day: A Celebration Of Britain's Favorite Morning (And Afternoon) Ritual

We know an ostomate who is passionate about her tea... and advocating for ostomy awareness. #FlashbackFriday to Shell Lawes, aka Stoma In A Teacup enjoying this healthy and hydrating drink!

NYU Langone Research Leads To Accelerated Approval Of Bladder Cancer Immunotherapy Drug

Clinical trial research conducted by Arjun V. Balar, MD, of NYU Langone's Perlmutter Cancer Center helped pave the way for the FDA's recent approval of the immunotherapy drug atezolizumab (TECENTRIQ) as a first-line treatment for advanced bladder cancer. Read more on PRNewswire.

It’s A Great Week For The WOCN® Society With Two New Proclamations

There's even more to celebrate during #WOCNurseWeek2017. The Governor of Iowa proclaimed April 16-22, 2017, as WOC Nurse Awareness Week and the Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina did the same!

Feature image courtesy of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™.

UOAA Welcomed Two New Volunteer Committee Members

President, Susan Burns announced the United Ostomy Associations of America advocacy committee now has two new volunteers. Advocacy Manager, Jeanine Gleba and Committee Chair, Joanna Burgess-Stocks will be joined by Heather Brigstock, RN and Susan Mueller, RN who both are Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses and ostomates themselves.

We Haven't Seen A Headline Like This, Ever. “Police Report New Place To Stash Drugs: Colostomy Bag”

Sheriff’s deputies near the south Georgia city of Douglas pulled over a driver for an apparent traffic violation. The vehicle reportedly smelled of marijuana so authorities searched for drugs. When the suspect became irate, two bags (assumed to be drugs) fell from the suspects colostomy bag. What happened next was even more shocking… he attempted to swallow the bags whole. Read more on The Palm Beach Post.

A Young Woman From Northern Ireland Is Speaking Up About The Way Colostomy Surgery Was Portrayed In The BBC Drama, Holby City

When Crohn's disease was highlighted earlier this month in the BBC drama, Holby City, 22-year-old Aneica Duffy was delighted. However, her delight quickly turned into disappointment as she watched how colostomy surgery was portrayed: "surgery would mean you will be a burden, you won’t be allowed to work; you will be dependent on someone." Aneica wasn’t the only one upset at how the storyline developed. Read more on Derry Journal.

Don't Forget To Celebrate Earth Day, It’s Tomorrow!

April 22nd will be the 46th Earth Day, which is now observed worldwide in 192 countries. We pledge to use as little toxic chemicals, pesticides and other poisons as possible. What are you going to do?

That’s a wrap!