World Ostomy Day 2012

World Ostomy Day is celebrated every 3 years. This year it adapts the theme "Let's be heard!" The aim of WOD 2012 is to improve the rehabilitation of ostomates worldwide by bringing to the attention of the general public the needs and aspirations of ostomates.

This is done through different activities like educational programs, seminars and support meetings. The use of mass media like newspaper and magazine announcements, advertisements and articles. Likewise, the publication of informative handout materials and brochures, personal visits and lobbying activities are important tools to help promote the advocacy. Others seek official government proclamations and joint activities with allied agencies and professional Health Associations to further the cause.

Take part in the Hollister World Ostomy Day photo competition with the theme “LET’S BE HEARD. There will be 12 winners (4 from each region) to be announced after the 31st October closing date who will receive a USD $250. A Calendar for 2013 will be produced from the winners. Likewise, Coloplast is pleased to reward the most creative and enterprising activities by sponsoring “The Coloplast Merit Award.” There will be 3 regional contests: Europe The Americas Asia & South Pacific Each region competing for a first prize of USD 3,000

ASPOA Countries Celebrating World Ostomy Day

Nothing Follows

Blood, poop and tears ... and rising above it.

I say this with the utmost respect. The fact that you put yourself out there and talk about a lot of taboo issues with humour and intelligence is wonderful and inspiring. I personally believe that part of healing is not being mentally consumed by a condition. Clearly you are taking control OVER the disease as much as you can but still, I have to wonder if you can move post ibd, cancer and other significant cases. MANY people have their own issues too. I have several very close family members who have been near death and clawed their way back. I would do my best to think of myself as healthy and well and not diseased and uncured. (Anonymous)