Spring has come to an end and summer has finally arrived! Which means it's time to soak up inspiration from our most popular blog posts of the month.

1. 10 important things I’ve learned about being a new ostomate

"So much of my life has changed since having ileostomy surgery." – Alice Seymour 

Alice had colostomy surgery in 2017 because of severe Crohn’s disease. Since this was to be permanent, she was a little anxious. Knowing others might feel the same, Alice wrote about what she learned from her experience.

2. Five very good reasons why it's awesome to have an ostomy

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"Now I feel it's my turn to spread the good word about being an ostomate." – Leah Nikki 

Leah was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 20 and had ileostomy surgery in 2008. The one phrase she's hears over and over again is... "I don’t know how you do that. I could never do it.” In this post, she points out a few reasons why living with an ileostomy is awesome (and sometimes downright hilarious).

3. My ostomy is something that happened to me, but it's not who I am

"I don’t define my life by the bag taped to my abdomen." – Jeanne Danga 

Jeanne was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1977 and her biggest fear was needing surgery. But now that she's lived with an ileostomy for 20 years, Jeanne wanted to share why she feels grateful for her ostomy in an effort to help others who are struggling.

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