Thank you for your last two covers of More Magazine. It was great to see women of color grace your covers. I am Caucasian, and I use blonde hair dye to give a more youthful touch to my "mature" hair. Yet I cannot identify with the myriad of blonde women that usually are on your covers. I work with a very diverse group of women, ranging from women starting careers in their 20s to women soon to choose retirement. They are also ethnically diverse, and they have enriched my life each working day and year.
Though I had a subscription to More several years ago, I did not renew it when it expired. Part of the reason was the cover image. I wasn't sure to whom the magazine was being marketed, but it seemed all the interesting women I worked with were not included. Your articles seemed to cast a wider net, but I didn't know how women of color would be able to tell that. I hope that you will continue to draw from a diverse group of women to grace your covers in the future. Your magazine has much to offer women from many different backgrounds, and I hope your covers will continue to draw them in.
--Jean T. Giannasi
Thank you for your “Against All Odds” article in the February issue. As someone who has dealt with health issues since I was a teenager, I feel it is important to highlight women who realize that while they have a chronic illness, it does not need to define them as a person.
I know that the idea of ostomy surgery of any type is frightening, so I wasn’t surprised when Dede Cummings said the thought terrified her. Because Crohn’s disease is not limited to one part of the digestive system, ostomy surgery is not necessarily a cure for her disease. However, I would like to reassure people who may need ostomy surgery, that it is still possible to live a full and active life following surgery. After living with Ulcerative Colitis for 10 years, I had an ileostomy at age 23, that was 34 years ago. Since my surgery, I have given birth to three children, actively managed a large grain farm, taught school, traveled, served on volunteer boards, and participated in a variety of sports and exercise activities including biking, snow skiing, swimming, aerobics, and Pilates. The point being, I am able to lead a normal life and am not hindered by the fact that I wear an ostomy pouch 24/7. Life with an ileostomy allows me to actually live my life without the constant pain and the worry about restroom locations that dominated my life through high school and college. There are definitely challenges related to living with an ileostomy; however, I do believe, in my case, the benefits have far outweighed the challenges.
I would be the first to admit that the most important factor that helped me accept my surgery and lead a full active life was the support of my husband. He understood 37 years ago when he married me that I had a chronic illness that may require surgery at some point. Neither of us could have guessed it would come so early in our marriage. Knowing that he sees me as a beautiful and desirable woman has allowed me to accept the bodily changes and inconveniences that come with a surgery such as this.
For those facing ostomy surgery, I suggest visiting the United Ostomy Association of America website, where you will find articles on the various types of surgery and tips on living with an ostomy. To read inspiring stories about people who have had ostomy surgery, check out the Great Comebacks website. We all have limitations, but we also have the choice to move beyond those limitations, whatever they are, and live full productive lives.
--Carol Nelson, Spokane, WA
I was sitting on a beach in Cabo this week when I read your Letter from the Editor in this month's MORE. I actually ran to find my husband and read it out loud. Finally, my frustrating lifetime "malady" that has driven me crazy at times was not only my issue and had some basis in brain chemistry. I always believed it did, but my theory was generally regarded with laughter. At 60, it was no laughing matter to me.