From the Team
Dear Ostomysecrets® family,
Here we are in the middle of another holiday season—a special time in my family. Thanksgiving was a great kick-off to all the fun and magic the season brings, and I spent it surrounded by a huge gathering of family. It was loud and hectic, just the way I like it!
The chaos of the season reminds me that life can be filled with unknowns. It can be scary, especially if our health is involved, but it’s a great time to remember what’s really important. Personally, I’m thankful for my simple life, the people who love and support me, and the ostomy that saved my life.
Yes, I’m grateful for my ostomy. Not only did it save my life, it opened the doors for me professionally. Every day, I get to talk with people about the journey of having an ostomy—from concerned friends and family, to nervous pre-op patients, to overwhelmed new ostomates, to longtime ostomates who are curious about Ostomysecrets®.
My “attitude of gratitude” is a conscious choice I make every day. Now 11 years into my own ostomy journey, each day brings something new that I can be thankful for. That’s probably why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year!
However, the holidays can be rough for people battling a chronic illness, especially when family and friends don’t understand how that illness affects day-to-day living. There is a wonderful article written by Christine Miserandino that paints a wonderful picture of what we deal with, and I encourage you to read it. I suspect you’ll want to share it with the people in your own life. Check it out at: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/
Lastly, I am thankful for you, our Ostomysecrets® family, ostomates, nurses, relatives and caregivers. Speaking with you through email, on the phone, at conferences and local support group meetings and vendor fairs has made my four years with Ostomysecrets® so special.
If you’ve had a rough year with your health, attending holiday gatherings may be a huge accomplishment, and I celebrate with you. I’m also sending you a special holiday wish that you find the joy and beauty in the little things. Seek out joy, and it will change your life.