Summary: Proclaims October 7, 2023 as Ostomy Awareness Day and calls upon all residents of California to unite on this day in a showing of support that people living with an ostomy are living proof that ostomies save lives. An ostomy is a type of surgery that creates an opening (stoma) in the abdomen that allows for the removal of bodily waste when a person has lost the normal function of the digestive or urinary system due to birth defects, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other medical conditions. Ostomies are also necessary in cases of severe abdominal or pelvic trauma resulting from accidents or from injuries sustained during military service. Approximately 725,000 to 1,000,000 Americans have an ostomy.
Video: Senator Niello Introduces SCR 85 on the Senate Floor (August 28, 2023)