• Health Advocacy,  IBD,  Life,  Nursing

    How Inflammatory Bowel Disease Changed My Life

    I am sitting here typing this, sipping on ginger ale to ease the nausea, thinking back on how Crohn’s disease has affected my life. It certainly has had its negative effects (note the current fear of moving because I think it will make me throw up). But it has also had its positives. Isn’t it strange to say such an awful disease has done so much good in my life? When I was fifteen, my thoughts of the future included fashion design or early childhood education or home economics teaching or I don’t really know. I wasn’t sure where life would take me to be honest. I had many interests,…

  • Life,  Ostomy Care

    Why I Don’t Empty My Bag

    The first bag a brand new ostomate gets is usually a clear, one or two piece drainable pouch. The closure might be a clip, some velcro, or even a nozzle for those who have urostomies. It took me a few years to get away from these types of pouches. Let me tell you why I don’t empty my ostomy anymore. The first reason I steered away from these bags is the emptying part. I hated awkwardly leaning down to empty my ostomy into the toilet, worried of a clip removed prematurely, a splash back, or just a bad aim. I was always nervous emptying my pouch and ruining my outfit…