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I am a fairly new ostomate due to severe, unresolved UC. I was diagnosed in late 2011 at the age of 47 and had surgery 1 year later. This sight has been a great channel for me to connect with people experiencing a similar journey. Prior to surgery, I did not know anyone with an ostomy.

I recently attended the National Ostomy conference in Jacksonville, Florida. It was so much, fellowship, and education all in one. Looking forward to attending other conferences throughout the US as they present.

Since surgery, I have been enjoying most of my favorite foods and activities once again - makes for a hopeful and exciting future.

Talk soon:)

Update - 2015

It has been over two years since my surgery. Fortunately, I have been able to continue living each day doing my best with an ostomy. The journey has been an interesting one. I promised myself, once I began to feel better and heal that I would write a short book to help others walking a similar path - and I did.

The book is titled: Stanley and Me make three and is available on the Tate Publishing website. The launch date is scheduled for 7/7/15. These are exciting times once again. I dedicated my book to my husband and all of the past, present and future ostomates.

Thank you everyone!
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