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VeganOstomy
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
My name is Eric, and I have a permanent ileostomy as a result of Crohn's Disease - and I eat plants (vegan since 2000). It was this unique combination of circumstances which led me to create the VeganOstomy blog. Since launching the site in 2013, I've been an advocate for all ostomates, offering product reviews, tips and information on living with a stoma. I love being active in the IBD/Ostomy community, and I feel so fortunate to be able to give back to the community that has given me the strength to push through my illness over the years.

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Building Confidence with an Ostomy

Our confidence can take a hit after surgery, but you can rebuild it! Learn ways to turn your ostomy surgery into something positive.

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Can ostomy supplies expire? Details and tips

Info on how to tell when your ostomy supplies will expire and how to properly store them. 

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Fiber: Friend or Foe to someone with Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Can fiber hurt or help someone with Crohn's Disease? The latest research may surprise you.

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Dealing with ostomy blockages: Ostomy care tips

If you have an ileostomy or colostomy, you may experience a blockage at some point. Here are tips to prevent and deal with bowel obstructions. 

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The Technology That Keeps (sick) People Connected

If you have a chronic illness like Crohn's Disease, technology can be your ally in more than one way! See how mobile tech helped me as a patient with IBD.

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Dressing with an Ostomy: A Clothing Guide for Women

The ultimate guide to clothing for women with an ostomy! From lingerie to dresses, see what real women wear after surgery.

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The Art of Emptying an Ostomy Bag (w/ video)

There are several ways to empty an ostomy bag, and each one is suited to different people and situations. Find out more in this article.

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Talk About Hidden Disabilities

Invisible illness and hidden disability are often misunderstood and create unnecessary judgement. It's time to speak up.

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Ostomy Appliance Won't Stick? Here Are Some Tips

If your ostomy wafer isn't sticking properly, or your bag comes off without warning, here are some tips to point you in the right direction.

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Everything You Do Is An Achievement: Living With IBD

Have you ever been so sick that even brushing your teeth took all your strength? It's time to celebrate those little victories. Video incl.

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Untimely Leaks: OSTOMY TIPS

How do you handle an untimely leak? Like a boss, that's how! In this video, I show you how I handled a recent appliance leak while at an amusement park.

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Dealing With Ostomy Leaks – OSTOMY TIPS

If you've got an ostomy, you'll likely end up with leaks at some point. Here are the many causes (and solutions) for dealing with them.

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Happy Stomaversary! My Second Year with an Ostomy!

What have I learned in the two years I've had my stoma? Lots.

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Ostomy Pouch Ballooning

Call it ballooning or simply gas in your ostomy pouch, this is a problem that can be embarrassing and disastrous! Learn how to deal with it here.