Earlier this afternoon I was walking along Bay St., here in Toronto, after speaking to a group about Uncover Ostomy.
(Yes, I had been and you can click if you haven’t seen it yet).While many young women would have you believe that dating in 2017 is a minefield, some have it much harder than most.Take Shantel Payne, 28, from the Sunshine Coast, who has spent the best part of the past five years with a colostomy bag.* Ulcerative colitis occurs most often in people ages 15 to 30, although the disease may afflict people of any age.* It affects men and women equally and appears to run in some families Ms Payne was first diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010, after she found herself needing to go to the bathroom up to 30 times a day and having little control of her bowel.'When the doctors did a colonoscopy, they found my entire bowel was filled with ulcers,' she told Daily Mail Australia.'I spent the next three years on medication - which didn't really help - before the surgeons told me that I was probably going to have to get a colostomy bag.'Ms Payne said that she 'joked' about the idea at first as she didn't think it would happen.'I didn't know what it was and went overseas to try a vegetarian diet to see if that would help my symptoms,' she added.But after the now-28-year-old tried to fight the impending reality that she would have to get a bag, she returned to Australia to reluctantly have the surgery.Home About the UOAAUOAA General Info UOAA Updates UOAA Contact Donate News Advocacy Swimming_with_an_Ostomy_Toolkit: The Facts and Your Rights Statement on Medicare Competitive Bidding Statement on CDC Antismoking Colostomy Ads New York State Insurance Mandate Law Ostomy Travel Tips Links to Advocacy Related Websites Contact Ostomy Information General Information What is an Ostomy?