Mental Health Awareness Week, #MyBodyMyStory Campaign & Ostomy Product Updates

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Each week 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:

"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, 2017 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 Erin and Joanna have done.

Today's get up! What bag?Practicing good mental health, walking to see the phycologist. I know it's good for me and I always feel better and more composed after but why is so challenging some days to get myself there. #whatbag #mentalhealth #ostomyblogger #heathadvocate #ostomyfashion #insideoutostomylife

A post shared by Erin (@insideout_ostomy) on May 10, 2017 at 6:02pm PDT

Tired Of Being Made ‘Aware’? 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 Stories 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 also happens to be Shelley's birthday today!!! You can send her a message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Capturing the perfect match to the @loosewomen pic. #ostomyawareness #ostomy #ostomate #ileostomy #ibd #ulcerativecolitis #psoriaticarthritis #PsA #inflammatoryarthritis #healthblogger #advocate #stomainateacup

A post shared by Shell aka Stoma in a teacup (@stomainateacup) on May 11, 2017 at 3:01pm PDT

Feature image courtesy of Shelley Lawes from Stoma In A Teacup.

Ostomate Gillian Castle From England Tackles A Half-Ironman

Gillian Castle from Alnwick in Northumberland, England is determined to tackle the half-Ironman years after having colostomy surgery due to pregnancy complications. Gillian is raising funds for The Birth Trauma Association, an organization that supports parents who've had traumatic birth experiences. Read more on the Northumberland Gazette.

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

A4. At first, I was afraid to wear fitting clothes, now... not so much #GWGChat 😉

— GutlessandGlamorous (@GutlessGlamour) May 12, 2017

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gaylyn Henderson and Alyssa Alda. If you missed it, use #GWGChat to catch up on the conversation.

May 11th 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 1-piece System For People With Colostomies, Ileostomies And Urostomies

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!

The New Lower Profile Stoma Guard From Sure Guard Has Arrived

A new 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 Teacher Day Is May 9th #TeacherAppreciationDay

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 face you make when the only thing between you and a real life teaching job is passing edTPA and student teaching #loveteach #soclose

A post shared by Stephanie (@stephanieeb456) on May 12, 2017 at 10:30am PDT

That’s a wrap!

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