The best viewpoints on earth (if we’re being humble).
I never thought I'd get so acquainted with my own poo
Mr. Stoma has a mind of its own.
Only people in my inner circle know about my ostomy and that’s how I like it
I just want to be Leslie.
Learning the ropes to care for my new stoma one step at a time
After surgery the pain was very present, very uncomfortable, very real.
Most people seem to focus on the "what" and not the "why" of our ostomies
From one ostomate to another, I promise it does get better.
What I do when people say rude and unkind things about my ostomy
Bottom line, people who matter don't mind.
Life-altering surgery hasn't stopped me from traveling the world alone, twice
It is quite simply the best thing I have ever done.
If I can make a difference by sharing my story, I’m certainly not going to be quiet about it
Olly and I have got plenty to say about our new normal.
Even if you're labeled “medically refractory” don't give up the fight
The hardest part of chronic illness is staying hopeful.
Despite all the positives, some ostomates still have an extremely difficult time with acceptance
Not everyone copes with ostomy surgery in the same way.
I used to worry what others thought of my stoma but now I share it with the world
Don’t let an ostomy hold you back!
People don’t talk about catheters — they’re icky, urological, and below-the-belt
Perhaps "catheter" is the new C-word?
After all the times I've pooped my pants, I was so ready for an ostomy
I practically skipped into surgery.
RANT: The problem with medical TV shows representing ostomy-related storylines
I have four simple theories.
How I answered the most common (and entertaining) questions about my ileostomy
I am 100% open.
Coping mentally with an ostomy means different things to different people
“Mental health is about wellness rather than illness.”
“Anything but that” was the first thought I had when I learned about ostomy surgery
Adjusting to life as an ostomate takes time.
Why I’ve loved my scars from the very first day I had them
Wow, how lucky we are to have such amazing bodies.
The truth is I've only told a few people about the time I had an ostomy
I always follow the rule of share what's comfortable.
I don’t have an ostomy story that ends with me getting better and living my best life
Reflections on two years of pooping out of my stomach.
I’m still getting used to my new plumbing without a large intestine
Hope you didn’t mind the anatomy lesson.
I’m determined to come all the way out of the "scleroderma closet"
Exposing all of my abnormalities to the world.
I cheated catastrophe by letting my ostomy bag get WAY TOO FULL
Call it laziness, or call it insanity.
The one song that makes me feel proud of my surgery scars
There are no scars to my beautiful.
12 ways to manage fatigue when you have a chronic illness
Being tired all the time is hard to cope with.