Happy World Ostomy Day!

It’s world ostomy day! My ostomy gives me freedom, but I know my surgery is looked down upon by many. Life is not over after surgery; it’s just beginning. I hope some of these photos are able to compensate for my lack of words today. I am worn out and mentally sluggish, but I hope I am still able to inspire people to get out and enjoy life without allowing their ostomy to be a primary obstacle holding them back. If you have questions about anything you see here, please ask by commenting at the end of the post or email me (partiallyunstuffed@gmail.com). Your questions help me decide which topics to tackle! As always, feel free to ask me absolutely anything.
A word of caution: These photos show my best days while ignoring everything in between. I plan to address that issue through writing over time. If you’re feeling discouraged because of your ostomy, it’s okay, and you are not alone. Let’s talk.

Outdoor concert in Chicago

Outdoor concert in Chicago

Warren Dunes

Warren Dunes. Photo credit: Brian Matti

Warren Dunes

Warren Dunes. Photo credit: Brian Matti


Ziplining. Photo credit: Brian Matti

Relaxing on a raft in MI

Relaxing on a raft in MI. Photo credit: Brian Matti

Exploring a lighthouse in MI

Exploring a lighthouse in MI. Photo credit: Brian Matti



Door County, WI

Door County, WI

IBD friends gathering!

IBD friends gathering!

Before a free dance session in Grant Park

Before a free dance session in Grant Park. Photo credit: Brian Matti

Enjoying Chicago

Enjoying Chicago

Starved Rock State Park, IL

Starved Rock State Park, IL. Photo credit: Brian Matti

P.S. My apologies to any readers who know me well enough to worry about me. I appreciate your concern and support.


6 comments on “Happy World Ostomy Day!

  1. Happy World Ostomy Day! Is that Laura from Myostomystory in one of the photo’s?

    • Thanks! You, too. 🙂 Yes, you spotted the lovely (and famous) Laura. She and I have enjoyed some good adventures this summer. We lost all the pics, but we also went square dancing!

      • That’s pretty awesome! I’m glad to see so many ostomates getting out and enjoying life 🙂

      • Me too! It’s such a special experience to get out and enjoy life with such good people. At one point four of us went to a lakehouse in MI (which we call camping because the toilet didn’t work), and we talked about different attitudes toward ostomies. We all sat out in the sunshine with our bags visible, and it was delightfully liberating. When the group went zip-lining, I really decided ostomates need to get out and have fun together!

  2. Its great you got out and about and it looked like you had such a fun time. It sucks when our bodies just say ‘no’ and sometimes we miss all the great stuff. Sometimes just feeling the wind on you is enough isn’t it.

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