Brooke Bogdan was 23 when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. A year later, after she was told waiting was dangerous for her life, Bogdan had her colon removed. “I have always been focused on vanity, so [deciding to have an] ostomy was tough,” she says.
“I had to adapt my style the most when I had my ostomy. I was going to the bathroom countless times a day and was in a lot of pain. I would wear a lot of comfortable clothing that would make it easy for me to go to the bathroom in an emergency. My weight often fluctuated during my disease, so sometimes my clothes fit, sometimes they were too small, and sometimes they were way too big.”