A Second Chance at Life

An ostomy is part of a long recovery for Beth Hudson

By Rolf Benirschke

Articles in the Fall 2023 Issue

Three Pouch Fixes

Three easy-to-use techniques for pouch leaks

By Terri Cobb RN, BSN, CWOCN

A Successful Recovery

Tips and strategies for coming back strong after surgery

By Diana Gallagher, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
Facilitator for the NWA Ostomy Support Group


Bladder Cancer

Diagnosis, Treatment and Follow-up

By Teresa St Claire
Reviewed by Dr. Joseph Basler

Building Immunity

How to strengthen your defenses after ostomy surgery

By David E. Beck, MD. FACS. FASCRS

A Sweet Surprise

How sugar and sweeteners impact ostomy output

By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD


Ask Doctor Beck

Colorectal surgeon Dr. David E. Beck answers questions about:
  • Second Opinion
  • Gaining Weight
  • Phantom Wind
  • Rectal Stump Removal
  • Changes After Surgery
  • Reversal Appointment
  • Eliminating Contrast

Rebuilding Core Strength

Part 1 of a step-by-step guide to safely regain abdominal fitness

By Trish Massart, RHN, CPT

Climbing Denali

Taking on the challenge of North America’s tallest peak

By Charlotte Foley, MS, OTR/L, CBIS

Urostomy Infections

Sure-fire strategies to help reduce the frequency of infections

By Janice C. Colwell, RN,MS,CWOCN,FAAN
and Nisha R. Kumar, RN, MSN

The Lymphatic System

Understanding the largest circulatory system in the human body By David E. Beck, MD. FACS. FASCRS

Crohn's Warrior

Model and entertainer here to inspire ostomates and those battling disease

By Latrice Storey


Ask Nurse Coulter

Board-Certified Ostomy Nurse Linda A. Coulter, BNS, MS, RN, CWOCN,  answers questions about:

  • Best Baseplate
  • Burning and Itching
  • Cardio Complication
  • Water Blisters
  • Water Logged
  • Fitting Flanges
  • Painful Wafer Removal
  • Reader Responds

Young Adult Living

Navigating life with an ostomy for young adults

By Molly Atwater, UOAA Director of Young Ostomate Outreach


How to Explain What You Need

Tools to help you identify your ostomy care needs

By Susan Mueller, BSN, RN, CWOCN and UOAA
Advocacy Committee Co-Chair


Advice From Adam

The World is Yours

By Adam R. Katz


Ask Nurse Anita

Crohn’s Disease and Kidney Stones

By Anita Prinz, RN, MSN, CWOCN


Prebiotics and Probiotics

The powerfully therapeutic effects from friendly organisms

By David E. Beck, MD, FACS, FASCRS


10 Costly Medicare Mistakes

Book Review

By Ian Settlemire, Editor


Unsupportive Spouse

How to find strength and acceptance without the help of a spouse

By Brian Ronnenberg, NCC, LPCI



Traveling Through Time

A nine-week tour of ancient landmarks and cultures

By Susie Leonard Weller


Loving Your Body

Three surprising ostomy outlooks that help achieve acceptance

By Elaine O’Rourke

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