Crohn's DiseaseTreatment

"I Had an Ostomy—and It Changed My Life"

For these people living with Crohn's disease, ostomy surgery made everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary possible.

Woman with stoma bag carrying son on shoulders below monkey bars
    Amber Wallace on her wedding day
    Courtesy of Amber Wallace
    Alison Rothbaum with her niece of nephew
    Courtesy of Alison Rothbaum
    London Harrah
    Courtesy of London Harrah
    Tina Aswani Omprakash
    Courtesy of Tina Aswani Omprakash
    Alicia Aiello
    Courtesy of Alicia Aiello
    Kristen Weiss Sanders
    Courtesy of Kristen Weiss Sanders
    Stephanie Brenner
    Courtesy of Stephanie Brenner
    Brian Greenberg
    Courtesy of Brian Greenberg

    Ostomy basics: United Ostomy Associations of America. (n.d.) "What Is an Ostomy?"

    Jennifer Rainey Marquez

    Jennifer Rainey Marquez


    Jennifer Rainey Marquez is a longtime health and science writer based in Atlanta. Her work has appeared in Women’s Health, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Parade, and many other outlets. You can follow her at @jenrrain.