Living with an Ostomy

For people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the symptoms of an inflamed intestine can be painful, and debilitating. Certainly the symptoms can be very disruptive to a person’s lifestyle. Fortunately, modern medicine has a vast array of tools to help people with Crohn’s or colitis, which include medication and surgery. One of the possible outcomes of surgery is an ostomy. 

An ostomy is a surgery to create an opening (stoma) from an end of the intestine inside the body to the outside surface of the abdomen. Ostomies are performed after a section of diseased bowel has been removed and an alternative to passing feces from the body is required.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada understands that having an ostomy is a significant physical and emotional event in a person’s life. 

want to learn more about living with an ostomy?

Click here to download our brochure to read more about living life with an ostomy. 

Watch the video below to learn more about ostomies and pelvic pouches.


Watch the Facebook video below to hear from people who know what it's like to live with an ostomy. This presenation was hosted in collaboration with Ostomy Canada Society.

For more information about ostomies and pelvic pouches visit Ostomy Canada Society. 

Crohn's and Colitis Canada are proud to partner with ANA Adaptable Apparel, creating garments that look good and work with your ostomy. Visit here to purchase and help support Crohn's and Colitis Canada with your purchase.


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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