Category : Caitlin

Going to the gym with an ostomy

When I was younger, I was a dancer. I did tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. I danced from childhood up until my senior year of high school. I also played lacrosse for my four years of high school. Being active was a big part of my life. When I went to college, I joined the dance team and started hip-hop and step. After college, I continued to dance salsa, bachata, and merengue. When I was diagnosed with UC, I became […]

Finding love with an ostomy

I’ve written a few articles in the past on dating. This one is a little different because after many years of being single, I am dating someone who is really special. Dating with an ostomy can definitely be a challenge. Finding a way to tell that person for the first time is my biggest challenge. I’ve realized over the years that there isn’t a specific time when you tell someone, it’s whenever feels right. When I first had my surgery, […]

A Dad’s perspective

My wife Candy and I were sitting in our family room when my daughter, Caitlin, came home early from work. It was immediately clear that she was in great distress. While sobbing and brushing away the tears she shared how her pain had become unbearable at work. Caitlin had been diagnosed several years earlier with Ulcerative Colitis. Her doctors had tried numerous medications with varying degrees of success. Some worked for a while but eventually became ineffective or produced negative […]

Hot climate and the affects it can have on your ostomy

I think most people agree with me that summer is the worst season to be in when you have an ostomy. I’m from the northeastern part of the United States and we have hot summers but it has been nothing compared to the summers in the southeast! I’ve lived in Nashville, Tennessee for one summer so far, heading into my second and let me tell you, it was rough. It gets so hot and humid here; it’s almost unbearable. The […]

Staying hydrated

If you have an ostomy or any type of IBD, you know what it feels like to be dehydrated. Unfortunately, having these diseases prevents our bodies from absorbing all the nutrients and electrolytes that we need. With an ostomy, it’s that much harder. Without your colon, your body doesn’t absorb as much anymore since that was the colon’s function. Dehydration is my worst enemy. It’s a daily battle for me. I was never a big liquid drinker before I became […]

Travelling on a plane and airport security

I absolutely love to travel and wish I could do it more often. I have travelled to the Bahamas, throughout the United States, and to Europe with my ostomy. Can you imagine sitting on a plane for more than eight hours with an ostomy? It’s possible! In fact, I am travelling back home next week and have no concerns about flying. Some tips that I have about travelling: 1) Bring your supplies on the plane with you! A plane is […]

Caitlin shares her thoughts on dating

I was debating writing this article as a young single woman but decided to share my thoughts on dating…with an ostomy. I am 28 years old and have been single since I was 21 years old. I have dated throughout the years but never had a serious relationship since my early twenties. I was diagnosed with UC when I was 22 years old. I dated a little bit with my illness but that was a challenging time. I was trying […]

Caitlin McGinnis suggests a few ways on how to tell people

This conversation took me a long time to master. When I first had my ostomy surgery, I was probably too open with people. I would tell anyone that would listen. I think it was my way of coping with what was happening. I tend to talk about things in my life than keep them bottled in. I was working full time at the time of my ostomy surgeries and therefore, was very open with my colleagues and supervisors. My employer was […]

Caitlin’s return to work

Going back to work was a challenge. My illness progressed before surgery and my colleagues and clients were starting to notice. After surgery, I explained it to my colleagues (1. I had been out of work for over 2 months; 2. I had lost more than 30lbs). My colleagues and supervisors were very understanding and accommodating. For the first few weeks, I only worked 4 hours a day and worked my way back to working fulltime. I’ve had two other […]

Caitlin joined the United Ostomy Association of America

While I was waiting to have surgery, I went on various websites to learn more about ostomies and j-pouches. One site that I found particularly helpful was www.j-pouch.org. It has many forums about different topics and people respond to you very quickly. I found a great support network there. After my surgery, I found a local ostomy support group that I went to. After I recovered and went back to work, I joined the UOAA (United Ostomy Association of America) […]