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THE WRAP: Mental Health Awareness Week, #MyBodyMyStory & Ostomy Product Updates

Advocate and blogger, Shelley Lawes, takes part in a body positive campaign.
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Check out these top stories of the week, including this thought for today:

"A permanent ileostomy isn't a constant reminder of what you've suffered, it's a reminder of what you've survived!" – Azmina Verjee

May 7–13 is Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week and was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. Ostomates can help shed stigma around the topic by talking openly about their struggles, just like Joanna has done.

Tired of being made 'aware’? This is why you shouldn't be.

Dr. Richard Biddle from the Colostomy Association believes that ‘awareness’ campaigns have an important function in society, and wants to help people with ostomies maintain good mental health. Read more on The Huffington Post UK.

Shelley Lawes takes part in Loose Women’s body positive campaign.

Loose Women is a British panel show that has been broadcast on ITV. Shelley Lawes, aka Stoma In A Teacup, posed for a revealing photo shoot in her swimsuit to promote body confidence as part of their campaign #MyBodyMyStory. Read more on ITV and The Sun UK. It's also Shell's birthday today—HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

The ONLY Twitter chat you need to read this week.  

Girls With Guts hosted a fantastic Twitter chat on May 11th where they discussed beauty, fashion, body image, and more with Gaylyn Henderson and Alyssa Alda. If you missed it, use #GWGChat to catch up on the conversation.

May 11 is National Eat What You Want Day!

Looking for an excuse to indulge a little? You can celebrate eating whatever you want on #NationalEatWhatYouWant Day! Of course, you don’t have to just think about all of the delicious (but maybe not all that healthy) food. OCblog contributor and health nut, Lauren Nastasi has advice on how to stay healthy without a colon.

ConvaTec has a new one-piece system for people for everyone—colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy.

The Esteem™+ Flex Convex system is the latest addition to ConvaTec’s range of one-piece ostomy solutions. “The Esteem™+ Flex Convex system provides people with a stoma with a firm yet flexible one-piece solution that fits to the body comfortably and securely,” said Erik Zimmer, Vice President and General Manager, Ostomy Care. Request a sample of the Esteem® + Flex Convex system by calling 1-800-422-8811.

Are you ready to Rediscover YOU?

Life and business coach, Lottie Ryan has a completely new, snazzy website! In 2008, at the age of 32 she had a J-pouch created, with a temporary ileostomy for six months due to ulcerative colitis. Lottie says, “My work here will now focus on personal rediscovery and creativity. I believe this is essential for your greater health and wellness and I invite you to continue on this journey with me.” Head over to to take a look!

A new lower-profile stoma guard from Sure Guard has arrived!

The Ostomy Resolutions Stoma Guard model is now available in a flatter version compared to their first model. The new lower profile model has an approximate space for your stoma of 5/8" in comparison to the larger model having a 1" to 1-1/4" stoma clearance. Learn more at

National #TeacherAppreciationDay is  on May 9. 

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” We'd like to say thank you to the all exceptional teachers, including ostomate and future teacher, Stephanie Bongard.

That’s a wrap!