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Stoma Changes: What is Normal?

Just like every person’s belly button is distinct, your stoma shape is unique to YOU! Part of getting the best fit for your ostomy pouch is carefully monitoring your stoma for any changes. Understanding your stoma can not only aid in the prevention of leakage or irritation, but can allow you to live a more fulfilling life with your ostomy.

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Featured Story: Meet Rob Hill from Canada

Meet Rob Hill from Canada, Living with an Ostomy since 1994!

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Until 1994, Rob Hill had never been sick a day in his life. The 23-year-old amateur runner and adventurer, who completed his first marathon in the second grade, kept a rigorous training schedule. Then, wracked by debilitating diarrhea, cramping, and pain, Rob was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease with ulcerative colitis.

Over the next year and a half, Rob’s condition worsened. His weight plummeted — from 185 pounds to his lightest recorded weight of 105 — and it became clear that his large intestine needed to be removed. “When it came down to losing my colon or losing my life, it wasn’t a hard decision to make,” he says.

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Goal Setting for the New Year: Physical Activities

As the New Year routine kicks in, take what you learned in 2016 and apply it to your health goals for 2017. Among people living with an ostomy, there are competitive distance runners, weight lifters, skiers, swimmers and many other amateur and professional athletes. And while not everyone can be a world-class athlete, there’s no time like the present to begin or resume exercise and other physical activities.

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Helping Family & Friends Understand Your Ostomy

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Talking to friends – and even family – about your ostomy may seem overwhelming at first. You might wonder where to begin the conversation and how much you need to explain. The best way to know how to answer questions about your ostomy is to think through how you want to respond beforehand. Here are a few ideas to consider when talking about your ostomy with others.

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Ostomy Care in the Winter

The month of November is here, which means that we are marching steadily from autumn into winter. Grills are getting put away, decorations are coming up from the basement, and people are making plans for feasts, festivities, and relaxing by the fireplace.

As the seasons change, so do the steps that ostomates must take to care for their condition. And while the cool, dry air of winter is in many ways more manageable than summer’s heat and humidity, it still offers its own unique challenges.

You can plan ahead and know how to be prepared-yet-flexible.

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A Lot On Your Plate: A Guide to Healthy Eating

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Ostomy surgery can feel like a major disruption in your everyday life, with new practices, habits, guidelines, and restrictions to deal with. Luckily, your daily diet is not an aspect that requires a major overhaul. Eating is one way in which we exert control over our lives, and following a normal diet can be a strong source of comfort to those with ostomies.

But even though there may not be a need for seismic shifts in your eating habits, there are small changes you can make to ensure your diet stays on track. Here is a guide to healthy eating.

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Nutrition Corner: Myths and facts about diabetes and diet

MYTH: You must avoid sugar at all costs.

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The good news is that you can enjoy your favorite treats as long as you plan properly and limit those hidden sugars in many packaged foods. Dessert doesn’t have to be off limits, as long as it’s a part of a healthy meal plan or combined with exercise. Read more

How to break the top 5 bad diabetes habits

When dealing with a chronic illness, especially one like diabetes that requires constant attention, it’s easy to take shortcuts and fall into bad habits. One postponed doctor appointment here, an unchanged lancet there. Diabetes can be a time-consuming condition and it can be easy to take a few shortcuts in your care plan. Unfortunately, these seemingly helpful time-savers can develop into bad habits–ones that make managing your diabetes more difficult in the long run. To help you get back on track, we’ve rounded up some of the top bad diabetes habits and replaced them with good ones. Although these habits cannot be changed completely overnight, there’s no reason you can’t start making small strides in the right direction now!  Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you might be drifting into a few diabetes bad habits:
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Fitness Corner: Hula Hooping for Health

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Hula hoops have grown up! Today hula hoops are one of the latest trends in fitness equipment. But these aren’t the hula hoops you played with as a kid. Hula hoops now come in differing weights. Instead of the added weight making the hooping harder, the lighter the hula hoop the more difficult it is to use.

Interested in adding a hula hoop to your next workout? Here’s what you need to know: Read more

Featured Recipe: Grilled Tuna Steak

Try this tasty dish prepared on the grill! Read more