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Ostomy Book Guide for Your Reading List

Last year, we posted a list of Ostomy books for 2010. This year, I grabbed a selection of new (or revised) published titles for 2010 to add to your reading list in 2011. Each of these is linked directly to the book on Amazon.


Learn about Ostomy, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and IBD

Overcoming, Surviving, and Thriving

A few stories about overcoming cancer, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis published in 2010:

For Nurses and Health Care Workers

In 2010, the American Nurses Association now recognized wound, ostomy, and continence as a nursing specialty. Of course, there are exams to take. Here are three flashcard study systems for the exams:

Best Rated Ostomy Books for your 2010 Reading List

**See our Updated 2012 Ostomy Reading List**

There’s a lot of great material out there about ostomy and the diseases that can require one to get ostomy surgery.  Books offer a unique opportunity to hear the voice of the individual, giving you a fresh perspective and fresh ideas.  Make it a resolution this year to fit more books in your life.

Here is a list of top rated reading material about Ostomy that you can find on

The Ostomy Book: Living Comfortably with Colostomies, Ileostomies, and Urostomies

Rated 5 stars on Amazon, this book is essentially the Ostomy Bible.  Written by an Ostomy patient, it discusses the practical aspects of an ostomy and current medical technology with a personal, individualized touch, extending its message into the emotional and mentally challenges faced by those with an ostomy.  It also gives guidelines and facts to safely enjoy athletics, sex, and pregnancy with an Ostomy.  Fantastic reading and highly recommended for anyone who either has an ostomy or has a spouse or child with an ostomy.

I’d Like to Buy a Bowel, Please

Witty, humorous & sometimes sarcastic, this book features the honest stories from many healthcare workers and ostomy patients about their experiences with ostomy.  Sort of a “Chicken Soup” book for Ostomy, it’s filled with inspiring stories of others who are faced with the challenges of ostomy every day, offering encouragement and inspiration to those who can relate – and not to mention a few laughs as well.

Don’t Die of Embarrassment: Life After Colostomy and Other Adventures

By Barbara Barrie – Barbara tells her own personal story of recovery and life with an ostomy.

Ostomy Care Laminated Reference Guide

Ok, so this one is not a book, but it’s a useful laminated reference chart for those who need it.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Secrets

This one is especially useful for nursing students or nurses who have patients with incontinence or an ostomy.  Question-and-answer format guide to ostomy, wound, and continence care for nurses.  Logical, easy to read guide with over 400 helpful pages of information pertaining to nursing for ostomy patients.

IBD, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis Books

Here are some top rated readings specific to IBD, Crohn’s, and UC:

The First Year: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

A guidebook for those who have been recently diagnosed with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis and the lifestyle changes needed to face the new challenges presented.

What to Eat with IBD: A Comprehensive Nutrition and Recipe Guide for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Written by a patient, for a patient – Authro Tracie Dalessandro has ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  She’s also a dietitian and nutritionist with a Master of Science in Nutrition from New York Medical College.  Tracie focuses on diets specifically for those with IBD to help reduce symptoms and feel better.   This book includes her personal experiences as well as practical advice including over 50 recipes, menu planning guides, a “dining out” guide, and how to correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

100 Questions & Answers About Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: A Lahey Clinic Guide

This book is rather dry, but a useful guide to help those challenged with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.  Recommended especially for new patients who have questions they haven’t asked, or even questions they haven’t thought of.

Why Doesn’t My Doctor Know This?: Conquering Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis

Many of us who have to visit the doctor frequently always wonder if we’re seeing the whole picture or not.  If you’re one of them, this book is a good read for you. This book by David Dahlman explains the importance of diet in dealing with the symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s, and Colitis.  The author believes that your symptoms are caused by 9 variables and changing your diet can address these variables.