A diabetes diagnosis brings lifestyle changes for both the patient and their caregiver. Caring for a child may be instinctual, but how do you provide the right amount, and best kind of, support to an adult who is adjusting to diabetes treatment compliance? Read more
Spring brings new opportunities to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. But as we move into Spring and Summer, those with an ostomy have some special concerns unique to the season. Increased activity and higher temperatures affect pouch wearers: Read more
You wake up from ostomy surgery with a new friend in your life – your stoma. Like belly buttons, every stoma is different. But they all have one thing in common – they need attention and care.
The first thing you need to do is measure your stoma, and continue to do so weekly until it is healed. This will ensure you are using correctly sized pouches and barriers. At first, your stoma will be swollen, and then it will change in size and shape as it heals. This takes about three months. Keep measuring and adjust your supplies to fit. It will appear red and moist, much like the lining of the inside of your mouth. Read more
Natural disasters and emergencies are a concern for everyone. But those with diabetes need to take extra precautions to prepare for the possibility of a dangerous situation in order to stay healthy and be able to have the best outcome possible. Don’t wait until an emergency strikes. Here are some tips for putting your emergency plan, as a diabetic, together. Read more
In February 2000, President Clinton proclaimed March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. This month has become a rallying point for the colon cancer community. It is an opportunity to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, and talking to friends and family about early screening. As a colorectal survivor, one of the most important and powerful things you can do is to share your story. Read more
In the weeks, or even months, following ostomy surgery, it may feel uncomfortable or awkward to engage in intimate activity with your partner. Much of this discomfort may have to do with body image, or concern for how your ostomy appliances might get in the way of intimate moments. Those feelings are natural. But there are several ostomy accessory products that can help you feel more secure during intimate moments. Read more
Diabetes may mean a change in lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to slow you down or keep you from achieving your goals. Through the years, diabetes has affected famous athletes, musicians, politicians, actors, reporters, business moguls, inventors, novelists, comedians and foreign dignitaries. Here is a partial list of some names you probably know. Read more