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Articulate, sensitive, even funny

Yes, it takes courage to deal with this.

She is an amazing woman and a tireless advocate for IBD and ostomy 

Lois's book has helped me to better mentor others on this adventure with me

Lois' story! Moving and inspiring!

Inspiring! A must read!

This book is a very good book and I read it in one evening

I wrote Courage Takes Guts as a way to share my battle with Crohn's disease, illustrate how full and active my life is as a result of ostomy surgery, and share my father's words.  This book is for patients, family members, friends, caregivers, as well as gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, and certified wound ostomy continence nurses.  You do not have to suffer in silence because of a bowel disease or ostomy surgery.  I share the life lessons l learned after losing my colon, and how Crohn's disease and ostomy surgery offered me opportunities for personal growth when I chose to change how I viewed my situation.

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More Rave Reviews:

Intermountain Jewish News, September 2018
“Fink has scaled that mountain - and triumphed.” - Andrea Jacobs

The Phoenix Magazine, Summer 2017
"If you or someone you love is facing an ostomy or is having trouble coping after surgery, you owe it to yourself or loved one to pick up a copy of Courage Takes Guts: Lessons Learned from a Lost Colon. Once in your hands, it will be difficult to put down thanks to the warm, engaging writing style that is coupled with flawless editing. You will laugh, you might even cry, but most of all you will certainly come away feeling inspired, understood, and deeply moved by Lois' story.”

American College of Gastroenterology Magazine, Novel and Noteworthy section, December 2017

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Ostomy Canada, Winter 2017 
"Lois Fink captured my attention from the first chapter. She has managed to put a face to the diagnosis of Crohn's disease, taking us on a very personal journey from diagnosis as a teen, her struggles to live with the disease, to a mentor and activist for those living with IBD, and for the ostomy community. She shows us that life is worth living and there is quality of life after ostomy surgery. I highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from IBD and those who have or will be undergoing ostomy surgery."

"Your book is powerful, inspirational and very well written. The physical and emotional pain you endured as an adolescent and young adult, and the clarity of your description made its impact unavoidable. Written from the perspective of a mature writer who has learned so much about life in general and yourself in particular, your description was never drenched in self-pity or melodrama. Your story is ultimately one of relief, redemption, empowerment and joy. Your book will undoubtedly help patients find the strength and perspective to confront their illness and move beyond it. Congratulations on your own success and thank you for being of service to so many."  --Jay R. 

 Since June 6, 2018 © Lois Fink 2018