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Ask An Ostomy Lifestyle Expert

Jo-Ann or Andrea provide a fresh and candid outlook, through valuable tips and perspectives about how to live with an ostomy, from her own experiences

As part of Ostomy Canada Society’s dedication to continually grow our resources and support, we are pleased to welcome you to the “Ask The Ostomy Lifestyle Experts” feature.

People with an ostomy, those with surgery pending, ostomy caregivers and healthcare professionals are encouraged to enjoy this column for education, inspiration and a healthy dose of optimism from Jo-Ann L. Tremblay, Ostomy Canada Society Medical Advisory Committee, Ostomy Lifestyle Experts.

To ask a question of the Ostomy Lifestyle Experts, send an email to: ostomyl[email protected].

By sending an email, you are agreeing to letting your question be used in the Ostomy Canada magazine, Ostomy Canada Connects newsletter and/or on our website. All replies will be through the column, general in nature, and anonymous.

Andrea Manson


In 1989, Andy Manson joined her mother Helen, founder of the Ostomy Care & Supply Centre, and began a 30-year career as a trailblazer and advocate for people with an ostomy. Andy has been a central figure in ostomy care locally, nationally and internationally and today the Ostomy Care Centre is what it is because of Andy. Under Andy’s guidance, the Centre became a port in the storm for people all over BC, and beyond.

Jo-Ann L. Tremblay

Ostomate, Author (Ottawa, ON)

After lifesaving emergency surgery, Jo-Ann has had her colostomy since July 2011, her positive outlook on life has enabled her to thrive her life-changing alteration. A 2nd chance at life is the icing on the cake, the cherry on top. Her journey inspired her to write her second book, published in 2012. Jo-Ann’s desire to share awareness and advocacy further inspired her to create the blog, “THE OSTOMY FACTOR”, enjoyed by ostomates around the world.

This is a listing of the questions answered so far