Everyday Life with a stoma
Living with a stoma may impact your everyday life, but with some time and support things will get back to normal.
Singer, Songwriter & Speaker
Dana knew that if she could learn to fully love herself - ostomy bag and all - then she would never lose her ability to love or be loved. In her heart, she knew that her security and self worth couldn’t rely on anything external, including her own body. Her identity had to be based on something much stronger than that. And so began her greatest adventure.
When I was ten years old, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and suffered for two years. I spent another year at Stanford Children's Convalescent Home and continued to go downhill until I weighed only 56 pounds. At that time, the doctors told my parents about an ileostomy, a fairly new surgery. They were out of options and it was a last effort to save my life.
Ostomy Product Specialist
Matt Deal has been helping people living with an ostomy for almost 5 years as an Ostomy Product Specialist on the me+ support team, He's a Midwestern boy who's into Formula 1 racing, rockets and tinkering with gadgets and electronics. Best of all, the work he does as an ostomy product specialist really does change lives.
When a routine blood test during his annual physical indicated a possible problem with Joe's prostate, a subsequent biopsy revealed extensive high-grade prostate cancer with the likelihood of bladder involvement. True to his surgical roots, Joe wasted no time in seeking a surgical cure. Within a week, the man who had spent his professional life performing urologic surgery was now the patient, having his entire bladder and prostate removed. This active and seemingly healthy urologist left the hospital several days later with a urostomy. He also took with him a new respect for and understanding of stoma care and people living with a stoma.