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It's hard to believe we're nearly halfway through 2017, but at least the warmer weather is here and it's actually starting to feel like summer.

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

"The truth is that my ileostomy has given me more than it’s ever taken away."

Jacqueline Ferguson

Join the Girls With Guts Global 5K

Girls With Guts is hosting the second annual Global 5k to help raise $10,000 towards their 2017 Celebration. Register HERE for the race, and then complete the distance on June 11th, 2017 as they run across the world, fundraise and have a blast!

Pick up one of these inspiring books written by ostomate authors that'll have you feeling connected and inspired.

13 Reasons Why

Netflix's new original series, 13 Reasons Why has everyone talking about the way we look at life and the people around us. After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice. See why this show had an impact on Jessica Grossman in her post, For A Good Chunk Of My Life I Had My Own “13 Reasons Why.

Colon Cancer Alliance 2017 National Conference

To kick off National Cancer Survivor Week, the Colon Cancer Alliance announced their “Tomorrow Can't Wait” National Conference will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on November 1-2, 2017. View registration and scholarship info at

Feature image courtesy of the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Can ostomates eat salad? Kale yeah!

National Salad Month wrapped up in May. Lettuce celebrate the greens by checking out these yummy salads from 10 veggie-loving ostomates.

Healthline's Best Ostomy Blogs of the Year

Congratulations to the United Ostomy Associations of America on their recent nomination for Healthline's best ostomy blogs of the year!

Ostomy Care Overseas

Chief of Surgical Gastroenterology, Govind Nandakumar, MD launched a stoma care program at Columbia Asia Bangalore. Very, very cool.

... and that’s The Wrap!