100 episodes

The Beautiful Bag is a compelling podcast that explores the world of Ostomies with compassion and authenticity.

Join me as I share inspiring stories, practical insights, and educational discussions about living with an Ostomy.

Each episode features guests who generously share their experiences, providing a supportive community for Ostomates and valuable knowledge for those curious about Ostomy life. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding, find empowerment, and discover the beauty within the Ostomy journey.

The Beautiful Bag LeeAnne Hayden

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

The Beautiful Bag is a compelling podcast that explores the world of Ostomies with compassion and authenticity.

Join me as I share inspiring stories, practical insights, and educational discussions about living with an Ostomy.

Each episode features guests who generously share their experiences, providing a supportive community for Ostomates and valuable knowledge for those curious about Ostomy life. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding, find empowerment, and discover the beauty within the Ostomy journey.

    Navigating life after 3 ostomies with guest Ann Marie

    Navigating life after 3 ostomies with guest Ann Marie

    LeeAnne introduces guest Ann Marie Lupacckino, who has had 3 ostomies. Ann Marie shares her journey, which began 18 years ago during pregnancy with a bowel perforation. Ann Marie underwent emergency surgery to remove her large intestine while pregnant. Despite challenges, Ann Marie gave birth full-term and underwent reversal surgery a year later. Ann Marie experienced complications, including severe anal fissures, leading to her decision for an ostomy last March. Complications post-surgery led to a second ostomy in October and a third surgery in February. Ann Marie emphasizes the impact of ostomies on her life and the importance of adaptation. Both LeeAnne and Ann Marie stress the supportive ostomy community and the resources available. Ann Marie looks forward to resuming her exercise routine once fully healed, highlighting the mental benefits. The conversation touches on the adjustments in diet and hydration with an ostomy. Ann Marie reflects on her journey, expressing gratitude for her surgeon and acceptance of her current situation.

    • 28 min
    From US Navy to Ostomate

    From US Navy to Ostomate

    In this episode I interview retire US navy man Dan Dry Dock Shockley. 
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    Being in the Navy and learning perseverance Recovering from a surgery and needing to be back on assignment after 9/11 Finding out about his rare genetic condition Living life in an ostomy  His advocacy work  How he lives by the 3 steps ADAPT, Improvise, Overcome  You can find Dan on Instagram, Twitter or email him @ dandrydock@gmail.comperseverance

    • 43 min
    Hydration & Wellness Tips in an Ostomy

    Hydration & Wellness Tips in an Ostomy

    Introduction:
    LeeAnne expresses excitement for spring and its positive impact on wellness.
     
    Proper Hydration with an Iliostomy: Importance of hydration, especially with an Iliostomy. Tips for staying hydrated: carry water or herbal teas, use electrolytes. LeeAnne's personal hydration routine: drinking a gallon of water daily. Recommendations: Drink water before and after meals, monitor hydration levels. Exercise and Movement: Importance of exercise for overall wellness and mental health. LeeAnne's workout routine: daily walks, weightlifting, yoga. Suggestions for finding suitable exercises: walking, running, yoga, Pilates. Addressing concerns about hernias and stoma support belts. Stress Reduction and Self-Care: Importance of stress management for mental well-being. Strategies for stress reduction: journaling, taking baths, getting massages. Suggestions for self-care practices: meditation, breathwork, listening to the body. Sleep and Rest: Importance of quality sleep for physical and mental health. Tips for improving sleep: maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, limiting screen time before bed. Suggestions for enhancing sleep quality: exposure to sunlight in the morning, creating a bedtime routine.  
    Encouragement to prioritize self-care and wellness practices. Reminder to seek support from healthcare professionals and online resources like UOAA. https://www.stealthbelt.com

    • 28 min
    Thriving Through Challenges: Cass Roberts' Journey

    Thriving Through Challenges: Cass Roberts' Journey

    Introduction: LeeAnne Hayden welcomes listeners to the episode from her loft, introducing Cass Roberts as her guest. They met at the UAA convention in August and bonded over their shared experiences.
    Dancing and Transformative Power: Cass shares her love for dancing and how it has been transformative for her. She reflects on the immense joy she experienced at the UAA convention, being surrounded by people with ostomies like herself.
    Cass's Journey with Crohn's Disease: Cass opens up about her journey with Crohn's disease, starting from her diagnosis at age 11 in rural Mississippi. She details the challenges of misdiagnosis, extensive treatments, and the impact on her physical and emotional well-being.
    Experience with Ostomy Surgery: Cass describes her initial aversion to the idea of having an ostomy and the fears she had to overcome. She shares the circumstances that led to her first ostomy surgery in 2008 and the subsequent complications that necessitated a permanent ostomy in 2013.
    Life with an Ostomy: Despite initial struggles, Cass shares how her life has flourished since embracing her ostomy. She pursued diverse interests, including a career as a truck driver and owning a Princess Tea Party company. She also reflects on memorable moments, such as performing at children's parties despite wardrobe mishaps.
    Embracing Confidence: Cass emphasizes the importance of confidence and self-acceptance. She encourages listeners to celebrate their uniqueness and to recognize that they are more than their medical conditions.
    Building Community: LeeAnne and Cass discuss the power of community in overcoming challenges associated with ostomies. They reflect on the increasing visibility and support available for individuals with ostomies, both online and through in-person gatherings like conferences.
    Current Endeavors: Cass shares her current role as a developmental interventionist, working with children with disabilities. She emphasizes the significance of advocating for oneself and others in navigating health challenges.
    Final Thoughts: Cass leaves listeners with a message of self-love and respect, encouraging everyone to recognize their inherent worth beyond any physical differences.
    Conclusion: LeeAnne expresses gratitude to Cass for sharing her inspiring journey and vibrant spirit with listeners, highlighting her resilience and positivity.
    Through their candid conversation, LeeAnne and Cass provide insight into the journey of living with an ostomy, emphasizing themes of resilience, self-acceptance, and the power of community.

    • 25 min
    Fueling Your Health Journey: Nourish, Hydrate, and Thrive with LeeAnne Hayden!

    Fueling Your Health Journey: Nourish, Hydrate, and Thrive with LeeAnne Hayden!

    In this episode, I, LeeAnne Hayden, emphasize the crucial role of nutrition in maintaining overall health and well-being. I stress the importance of consuming a balanced diet rich in nutrients, including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and healthy fats.
    Throughout the discussion, I recognize that individual preferences and tolerances vary, urging listeners to experiment and find what works best for their bodies.
    Supplementation is highlighted as a means to address potential nutrient deficiencies, particularly in light of changes in food quality and soil. I recommend high-quality supplements while advising listeners to consult healthcare providers before starting any supplementation regimen.  https://leeannehayden.com/supplements
    Furthermore, I stress the significance of managing fluid intake, emphasizing hydration and the addition of electrolytes to water for optimal hydration. Listeners are encouraged to visit my website LeeAnneHayden.com for more information and resources on wellness.
    I also provide strategies for dining out, including reading menus carefully, asking about ingredients, and making adjustments to meals when necessary. Drawing from personal experiences, such as challenges after surgery, I underscore the importance of seeking expert advice from healthcare professionals, nutritionists, dieticians, and WOCN nurses.
    Finally, I invite listeners to connect with me on Instagram @instagram, YouTube LeeAnneHayden, and through my website LeeAnneHayden.com. Additionally, I offer a free wellness guide on my website for those interested in further resources.

    • 30 min
    Finding Hope and Community Through Ostomy Surgery

    Finding Hope and Community Through Ostomy Surgery

    Join us this week as Nikki Kilpatrick shares her inspiring journey through ostomy surgery and the profound impact of mindset and community support on her recovery. Nikki's story highlights the power of connecting with others who have undergone similar experiences, emphasizing the importance of positivity and advocacy in facing health challenges. Tune in to discover how Nikki's journey of resilience and empowerment can inspire hope and change lives.
    Guest: Nikki Kilpatrick
    Key Points:
    Nikki shares her experience of waking up from surgery to find her ostomy had been created differently than expected. Despite initial shock, Nikki embraced her new reality and found empowerment through self-care and community support. Connecting with others on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok helped Nikki find hope and strength during her recovery. Nikki emphasizes the importance of mindset and positive community in facing health challenges and advocating for the treatment one deserves. By sharing her story, Nikki hopes to inspire others to find hope, resilience, and empowerment in their own journeys. Resources:
    Connect with Nikki on Instagram and TikTok for more inspiring content. Explore ostomy support groups on Facebook for community and guidance. Check out the "Beautiful Bag" podcast for stories of resilience and empowerment from individuals with ostomies. Host: LeeAnne Hayden 
    Connect with Us:
    Follow us on Instagram: @thebeautifulbagpodcast Visit our website for more episodes and resources: leeannehayden.com

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

NAS912 ,

Can’t believe I just found you!

So thankful I found you. We have a similar diagnosis. I was 37 when I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer (I’m now 56). Have had a colostomy since 2008. I appreciated the podcast on blockages as I have had four and sadly had surgery after the last. Didn’t know about cola helping and although I try not to drink soda, I will now keep it on hand. Thank you for what you do for this community! People need to know that there is beautiful life with an ostomy.

Devoted Listener_AK ,

My Go To Podcast to feel uplifted

LeeAnne is doing a service to our population. Every single story uplifts me and inspires me. I listen to feel a sense of community, belonging, and to feel understood. I will admit that the stories sometimes bring up hard feelings as I have walked the same shoes as many of the other ostomates. Basically this podcast is therapy 😊. Thank you for this contribution to our small but mighty ostomy population!!

Davenportangel ,

One Bag to Another Bag

The Beautiful Bag is hosted by a beautiful lady I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Her episodes are so amazing and provides encouragement to those dealing with medical issues. Good job LeeAnn.

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