Ostomy

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Ostomy Surgery Page. An ostomy is a surgically created opening in your abdomen that allows waste or urine to leave your body. It takes time to become comfortable with an ostomy. Our goal is to connect you with others and provide you with information and support.

Follow the Ostomy page to learn about ostomy care, read experiences of others and find resources for all your ostomy needs. Post a comment and share your thoughts.

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Jan 3 4:29pm

Giving Back - Heather's Mission and Awesome Ollie

By Candy-CWOCN RN, @candywocrn

Ollie

We would like to introduce you to Heather’s Mission. Heather’s Mission is an Ostomy Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of those with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Heather’s Mission was started by Heather Christiansen. Heather was diagnosed at the age of 40 with aggressive ulcerative colitis. After many different treatments and medications, her colon completely stopped working and she underwent surgery resulting in a temporary ostomy. Heather’s story and hard work inspired the Arizona based non-profit organization known as Heather’s Mission to be born. With the help of her friends and fellow ostomates, Heather provides support and friendship to those in need and those suffering from Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.

One of Heather’s friends is Awesome Ollie. Ollie is a teddy bear who also has an ostomy. It is the goal of Awesome Ostomy and Heather’s Mission to ensure anyone needing hope, comfort and encouragement while undergoing ostomy surgery are introduced to the Awesome Ollie bear and his book. Ollie and his story travel from hospital to hospital providing education, comfort and counseling.

For more information on Heather, her Mission or Awesome Ollie, please click on links below.

Heather's Mission

Awesome Ollie

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