What is Ostomonday?

You may have seen the hash tag #Ostomonday bouncing around Twitter or Instagram or YouTube, and it’s basically a way of encouraging fellow ostomates to share their experiences of living with an ostomy, or even family or friends of people with an ostomy.

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Every Monday, I will either Tweet a question or post a YouTube video, in order to get more people talking.

I saw a video by Coloplast (one of the manufacturers & suppliers of ostomy appliances) and there was a fellow ostomate being interviewed, and she said:

My hope is that it will be as normal as wearing glasses or a hearing aid.

That is something I want to promote. It shouldn’t be seen as something taboo. It shouldn’t be seen as something derogatory. It’s something that a surprisingly large amount of people live with every day. And I hope that talking more openly about it will raise awareness in a positive and socially-acceptable way.

Ostomonday on Twitter
Ostomonday on Facebook
Ostomonday on Instagram
Ostomonday on YouTube

Read my own ostomy story here.

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13 thoughts on “Ostomonday

  1. I’ve had an ostomy for 14 years now (a colostomy for 7 years and an ileostomy also for 7 years) and it’s become just another part of life. When you consider that bowel ostomies are life saving operations it’s hard to understand why so many people dread them or even have difficulty accepting them. (By the way mispronounciation of “tracheostomy” as “tracheotomy” drives me wild!)

    1. I know what you mean! I think the fact that people don’t know enough about ostomies, that they just jump to the worst conclusions. If more people knew what they were, what they looked like, how they are used, etc. then I don’t think they’d be so negative about them. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Hi Thaila you are so beautiful and inspiring! I watch your videos like candy haha. I too had my ostomy surgery at the age of 24. Im 25 now and still trying to cope. I also have Crohns disease for 11 years now. Life has been cruel but your videos make me happy:D

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