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Alive & Kicking


Rolf Benirschke


Amazon - Book

The true life story of how a National Football League player survived ulcerative colitis and ostomy surgery.  It is a story of faith, courage, family friends, determination and survival.







All Bagged Up


Grahame Howard


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This is Grahame Howard’s account of suffering the debilitating ulcerative colitis for ten years, before undergoing stoma surgery for a permanent ileostomy.


Pain, humiliation, loss of dignity and anger were all part of the author’s life prior to being told he would need surgery for a colostomy.  Hardly had this begun to sink in, before the operation was changed to a permanent ileostomy leading to further psychological issues.


The book is autobiographical in style, but also gives the reader tips on what to expect prior to surgery, and how to live with a stoma and the many psychological battles.





Bag Lady - A Memoir


Sandra Benitez


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‘Bag Lady’ is the poignant story of loss, illness and recovery - a woman's struggle with the chronic, debilitating disease of ulcerative colitis.  It chronicles how she coped with it before and after making the momentous decision to have an ileostomy and commit to wearing a plastic bag on her stomach for the rest of her life.







Bedpan Banter -

Medical Stories Of Humour And Inspiration


Brenda Elsagher


Stomawise - Book




‘Bedpan Banter’, Medical Stories Of Humour And Inspiration, is an anthology consisting of stories from doctors, nurses, patients and caregivers.


Each story is either funny or uplifting and in some cases, both.  There are one hundred and one stories and eighty-one contributors.








Better With A Bag Than In A Bag


Jo-Ann L. Tremblay


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Through humour and inspiration, this book is a remarkably-candid, first person account of arriving at the brink of death, undergoing surgery, survival and living with a colostomy.


Every year thousands of people the world over undergo colostomy surgery.  In 2011, Jo-Ann joined the ranks of ostomates, and now has a second chance at life.  A compelling tale that speaks to the human spirit within all of us.















But Man, Proud Man


John Robertshaw


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An authentic and concise account of John Robertshaw’s own personal experiences.  He relates the true story of the period of his life with bowel cancer, which through treatment resulted in two permanent stomas, a colostomy and a urostomy.


After severe radiation damage, John’s already complicated life became intolerable.  He believes that enduring a normal life, skiing and living in a Spanish mountain environment, played an important part in his recovery. ‘But Man, Proud Man’ is his chronicle and thoughts.















The Colostomy: A Lifesaver


Donald J. Biggers, Sr.


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The story of the author's life as a survivor of colorectal cancer, resulting in a permanent colostomy.  The book includes the system, which he developed for himself, leaving him pouch-free, allowing him to live the American Dream - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.







Don’t Die Of Embarrassment -

Life After Colostomy And Other Adventures


Barbara Barrie


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A remarkably candid and informative first-person account of surviving colon cancer and living after a colostomy.  A helpful guide for anyone facing this life-altering surgery.  


‘Don't Die of Embarrassment’ provides valuable information about the ostomy experience. The book gives essential information about the occurrence of colon cancer, its symptoms and treatment options.  A valuable guide for people learning to adjust to an altered lifestyle after surgery.  The experience became an adventure which, through courage and humour, brought new joys and a greater appreciation to the author’s life.









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Another Bag, Another Day


Jo-Ann L. Tremblay


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Jo-Ann’s latest book, ‘Another Bag, Another Day’, is the sequel to ‘Better With A Bag Than In A Bag’. Jo-Ann, an ostomate, and Percy her life-sustaining stoma have co-written this funny, hopeful, yet inspirational and adventurous true-life account of their journey as they march to the beat of the recovery drum.  With all the power left in them, this story goes beyond survival to arrive at the gateway of a new world, a new life, a new normal.















Duct Tape Won’t Stick To A Leaky Ostomy Bag -

One Man's Fight Against Crohn's Disease And Cancer


David H. Brantley


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David H. Brantley’s first serious challenge came when his doctor told him it would be a miracle if he survived another six months.  Crohn’s Disease was simply taking too heavy a toll on his system.


Thirty years later, another doctor told him that he would have to open him up for surgery to determine the severity of his colorectal cancer. Even though it was worse than the doctor imagined, David persevered.


In this inspiring account about fighting Crohn’s and cancer, David looks back at the big dreams he had growing up, including becoming a successful actor and writer - and celebrates what he actually became best at - beating the odds.


Through the Crohn’s and cancer, he has kept fighting and learned that living out one’s dreams is not nearly as important as dreaming to live.  Of course, he’s made the journey easier by playing some Broadway tunes in the background.


If someone is struggling to overcome an obstacle that seems impossible, one can be inspired to keep fighting by joining David as he looks back at a lifelong struggle and the lessons he has learned in ‘Duct Tape Won’t Stick To A Leaky Ostomy Bag’.









Embracing Life -

Great Comebacks From Ostomy Surgery


Rolf Benirschke


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‘Embracing Life’ is a follow-up resource to Rolf Benirschke's autobiography, ‘Alive & Kicking’, and ‘Great Comebacks From Ostomy Surgery’.  


After reading each of the twelve amazing comeback stories profiled in ‘Embracing Life’, anyone, who is going through the struggles of inflammatory bowel disease or facing ostomy surgery, will be inspired and encouraged, and most importantly will receive hope that they too can have their own personal comeback story.






The Good Gut Guide


Stephanie Zinser


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Things that go wrong with your guts cause great embarrassment and this in turn can make illnesses frightening.  In this book, Stephanie Zinser - a health writer who, prior to surgery, had suffered from ulcerative colitis for ten years - discusses gut and bowel disorders, symptoms and causes in a simple and direct manner.

'The Good Gut Guide' offers comprehensive advice on diet, lifestyle, complimentary medicine, and support groups.  At the same time, it pays much-needed attention to the person behind the illness, exploring the effects that chronic or embarrassing illnesses can have on daily lives, states of mind, and relationships.






Great Comebacks From Ostomy Surgery


Rolf Benirschke


Amazon - Book


The inspirational stories of fifteen people, who have survived and thrived, following ostomy surgery.  







It’s Not Over Until The Bag Lady Rings


Ian F. Spratley


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This book is relevant for patients, survivors and those who care for people with cancer - healthcare professionals as well as friends and family - and anyone else wanting an insight into the disease.  


Cancer sufferers not only have to deal with big issues - like confronting their own mortality - they have to cope with the everyday as well - the effect on relationships, changes in diet, whether or not to replace the dishwasher - and in the case of bowel cancer, perhaps a colostomy or ileostomy - while all the time trying to remain positive.  Based on the author's online diaries, this book will enable the reader to get inside the mind of a cancer patient and discover what it feels like to have to cope with this disease.









I’d Like To Buy A Bowel Please!


Brenda Elsagher


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‘I'd Like to Buy a Bowel Please!’ is filled with stories from eighty contributors, including healthcare workers, support people or ostomates.


These stories, which offer encouragement and inspiration to ostomates, give a glimpse into the daily challenges of a person dealing with an ostomy, while it shows their incredible spirit and humour to cope and move on with their very full lives.  


The author's witty and slightly sarcastic humour is weaved throughout.







It Takes More Than Guts


Phillip Van Hooser


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‘It Takes More Than Guts’ is an amazing story of compassion, hope and the will to survive.  Phillip Van Hooser candidly shares his painful, yet extraordinary, struggle to carry on with life in the face of ulcerative colitis, an incurable inflammatory bowel disease that affects over one million Americans and their families.  Journey with Phillip as he travels from helplessness to medical hope.  His story reveals life-changing discoveries about the importance of family, friends and faith when facing life's most challenging tests.  






If The Battle Is Over, Why Am I Still In Uniform?


Brenda Elsagher


Stomawise - Book


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This story follows a thirty-nine-year-old woman through a diagnosis of colorectal cancer and subsequent surgery, with a look at her daily trials in a humorous and honest voice.







It’s In The Bag


Grahame Howard


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This is the sequel to Grahame’s first book ‘All Bagged Up’, which covered his ten-year struggle with ulcerative colitis before surgery for an ileostomy.


This book provides useful tips and suggestions, which Grahame has found helpful to living life with a stoma.


Living with a bowel disorder is never easy and when surgery is required, it can be quite scary.
The book offers help and encouragement to all those people, who may be going through these problems.








It’s In The Bag And Under The Covers


Brenda Elsagher


Stomawise - Book




This book is the inside scoop on many ways that people with ostomies deal with dating, intimacy, sex, and care giving.  Real stories by real people, who bravely share the difficulties and the ability to overcome the challenges and live more positively.






It’s Okay To Have An Ostomy


Ann Favreau


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Ann Favreau informs and inspires by sharing prose and poetry about her ostomy journey.  Her message of transformation from cancer to caring resonates with hope and encouragement.







Health The Way Nature Intended


Leanne D. Chan


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‘Health the Way Nature Intended’ is a friendly guide to the trifecta of health: mindfulness, exercises, meal plans and recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, fresh juices and smoothies.  

The book was created for Darren Pedersen who knows first hand what it is like to ‘lose his health’. Darren underwent radiation, chemotherapy and had two major surgeries to remove his entire colon and lymph nodes.  Lost in the tunnel of cancer treatment with no guide and an overwhelming myriad of choices to make, Darren found his own balance between treatments, diets, lifestyle and mindset.


"I wanted to get back to living my life on my terms and focus on getting myself back to health the way nature intended it to be”.  Eating well with a stoma is a whole new world.  What to buy? What to cook?  A seven-day, step-by-step guide is here.  It guides an ostomate through shopping, meal-planning and cooking, fantastic stoma-safe, delicious meals for ostomates and their families.









The Foul Bowel -

101 Ways To Survive And Thrive With Crohn's Disease


John Bradley


Stomawise - Book

Amazon - Kindle


Describing in often hilarious detail his own thirty-year odyssey through Crohn's, John Bradley treats the illness as a journey of learning, highlighting one hundred and one tips for how to better deal with symptoms, doctors, diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, diet, relationships, career and life in general as a life-long Crohnie.

‘The Foul Bowel’ demonstrates that happiness is a state of mind, not a state of health, and how to take ownership for your illness and its treatment. The outcome is not just the feeling of triumphing over the medics - although that has its moments - but is a celebration of life as a Crohnie.








Courage Takes Guts -

Lessons Learned From A Lost Colon


Lois Fink


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‘You have Crohn’s disease’.


Those paralysing words are as clear today as they were back in 1966.  Lois was seventeen, sick, and no one was listening.  Doctors dismissed her severe diarrhoea, alarming weight loss, crippling abdominal pain, fevers, and arrested physical development as ‘nervousness’.  


When an emergency appendectomy finally revealed what had been tormenting her body for nearly two years, she started on a journey of self-discovery.  Soon, she would face the biggest decision of her life - let Crohn’s disease beat her, or take her life into her own hands.  Today, Lois is here to assure ostomates that they can live life to the fullest with an ostomy.