My Story

I have been in your shoes. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 15. I am a wife and a mother to two young girls. At the age of 26, during my second pregnancy my colitis took a turn for the worst.

I was hospitalized multiple times during my pregnancy. Put on high doses of multiple medications and went through some extremely painful side-effects.

I delivered a healthy baby girl but returned to the hospital shortly after.  When my new born baby was three months old I was faced with death or ostomy surgery. I spent three months in hospital trying to regain my strength, fight off infections and return home to my family.

Fortunately, after surviving with an ileostomy, I know all too well what it`s like to want to get back to normal…..The way things used to be. All I wanted was to be the best Mom I could be and that didn`t seem possible with all the limitations I thought my new ostomy had given me. I just wanted the freedom to run, swim and play with my children. Go on family vacations, dressing up for special occasions and intimacy. All with no worries of my new found Ostomy.

I wanted all things in life without feeling as though my new pouch could get noticed or malfunction.

I have since undergone reconstructive surgery. All surgeries are complete and I am no longer an ostomate. I have felt all of your feelings and have an incredibly tasteful secure solution.  It will lift your spirits, enhance your self-assurance, and your partner will love it.

I decided to make myself a Joeie when I was an Ostomate. My husband and I had a wedding to go to and I wanted to feel my prettiest. It was during my reconstruction surgeries and it had been a while since I felt beautiful. I was pretty secretive about my illness. Not many of our friends really knew all that was going on. I wanted to hide my pouch to the maximum. I wanted to wear a dress and feel confident in it. I wanted to have a blast celebrating on the dance floor without any chances that my pouch may get noticed.  I feared there would be too much swaying and movements of all kinds happening under there. Or with pouch expansion, it may appear as though I had boy parts.

I wanted to secure it in place and have full confidence in myself that things would be just fine.

After making my new garment I felt so comfortable in it. I wore it almost every day until my final reconstruction.  My Joeies made a world of difference for me and the way I looked at life again. Not only did it provide me with a higher level of self-confidence and pouch security, my family even enjoyed me much more.  I was getting back to myself again, with no constant worries and ready to jump into any situation or activity. My children had their Mom back and my husband had his wife.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Brandee