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PO Box 5298
Kahibah, NSW, 2290

Two Mates from Australia Lesley Frendo + Christine Cave,  An Ostomate and an Ostomate's daughter.  Through different circumstances, saw the need for more ostomy products to be made available to Australian Ostomates, for all ages and all sizes - Newborns to adults


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Today we celebrate Zero Discrimination Day

lesley frendo

Today is zero discrimination day. This is a worldwide event that not only recognizes but celebrates everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity regardless of gender, sexuality, age, nationality, height, skin colour, weight, profession, beliefs, education and ethnicity. Be kind without exception, be the change


Haloumi, Cauliflower + Chickpea Fritters

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Haloumi, cauliflower and chickpea fritter recipe (makes 6) 1/2 Head cauliflower (grated), 1 cup frozen peas defrosted, 2 tbps besan (chickpea) flour, 2 eggs whisked, 50g haloumi finely diced, spray oil, egg rings lightly oiled
Mix all the above ingredients together, season if you like salt and pepper. Heat a large frying pan lightly oiled over low heat, dollop spoonful of mixture into each egg ring until the egg ring is full, cook for approx 5 minutes, gently flip, if the egg ring becomes loose just remove it. Eat by themselves, eat with a salad or add some tzatziki, delicious 😋 #ostomateactive#beinspiredandinspire #healthyfood #grateful

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We test all our products first hand

lesley frendo


Testing products ourselves has always been important to us... even though I don’t have a bag I still like to know how a product might feel during use. This is one of the original versions of the Abbey Active...great for walking dogs! Still looks good after a lot of wear (the belt that is, not me ... I need a little more of the being active 😂) #ostomateactive#abbeyactivebelt

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This is how I do Mondays

lesley frendo

This is how I do Mondays:

1. Coconut Pulling, 2. Put on my Abbey Active Belt/Bag and walk 3km. 3. Hydrate (all day long), 4. Dry Brushing before shower, 5. Nourish with some awesome food (today’s lunch is Cauliflower, Pea and haloumi fritters. I will post recipe later this week) and 6. I always end the day writing 3 things I am grateful for. How do you do Mondays? #ostomateactive#ostomate #ostomybelt #ostomylife #AbbeyActive#grateful #motivationmonday

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Delicious Ricotta Pudding Snack

lesley frendo

I thought I would share with you one of my all-time favourite Low Carb High Protein snacks – Ricotta puddings. These are a great snack when you feel like dessert or have a sweet tooth. They are not overly sweet but they do take the edge off the cravings. No word of a lie, I make a batch of these every week (makes 4 snacks). Recipe 375g smooth ricotta (I actually prefer the Coles brand Ricotta). Do not buy light Ricotta as it has more sugar. 1 tbsp. crème fraiche, 1 packet Weight Watchers chocolate mousse. Combine all ingredients with spatchala, once combined beat with an electric mixer until it looks like whipped cream (usually takes about 1 minute). Spoon into 4 small containers and refrigerate. Walla, delicious!#ostomateactive#ostomates #healthyeating #beinspiredandinspire #ostomylife

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Feel The Fear but do it anyway!

lesley frendo

‘Feel the fear but do it anyway’. How awesome is this’s just a shame I was living a life dictated by fear. The last couple of months I have really thought about what this quote actually means and decided to put it into action. I am taking the bull by the horns and so grateful I have. I would love to share with you 2 ways I have recently ‘felt the fear but did it anyway’. I knew I needed to go back to having an Ostomy bag but I was scared, mainly because I knew this decision was final, there was no going back. I struggled with the temporary ileostomy and was scared I would have the same struggle with the colostomy. 6 weeks post surgery and I am a different person (as you can see in my photo). I can eat virtually anything, anytime, I am not running to the toilet every 5 minutes, I am sleeping and just a happier healthier person. In hindsight I wish I made this decision a while ago. My husband has always wanted to go on a cruise, it is on his bucket list, however I have a terrible fear of the water. I have also seen Titanic....he has had a rough couple of years and this is something he really wanted to do. I agreed to go with him but I was absolutely terrified (a little comforted by the fact there were no icebergs where we were going). Walking into the ship I felt like throwing up but I just kept repeating to myself ‘feel the fear but do it anyway’. The cruise turned out to be one of the best holidays we have ever had. As we start 2018, we encourage you to ‘feel the fear but do it anyway’, it may be the best thing you ever do. Happy, Healthy, Active New Year everyone!! #ostomateactive #ostomate #feelthefearbutdoitanyway#colostomy #urostomy #ileostomy #grateful 

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Happy New Year

lesley frendo

Thank you all for your support in 2017 and best wishes for the New Year ! From the Ostomate Active Team

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Survey says.......

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We were recently contacted by Racquel Redwood, a student at Stanford University, asking for our help in collecting survey responses. Racquel is a biomedical engineer on a multidisciplinary innovation team within the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship. She would like to learn more about different experiences for those living with an ostomy as part of a project which aims to potentially improve these experiences. If you have the time to complete this short survey it would be greatly appreciated by Racquel. Obtaining diverse perspectives allows researchers to gain a greater understanding of ostomy care. Thanks in advance :)

Here is the survey link:

Oz2Mate Initiative: Aidan

lesley frendo

We were lucky enough to receive some absolutely gorgeous handmade ladies and men’s Christmas tops from the beautiful Dianne (Di’s Dazzling Dezines).
Di gifted these tops to Ostomate Active hoping we could use them for our Oz2Mate initiative. She was right! We would like to donate all proceeds (excluding postage) from the sale of these amazing tops to Aidan’s go fund me campaign. Not only will you look fantastic in one of these unique Christmas tops, you will also be supporting a great cause.

Thank you Di’s Dazzling Dezines for your ongoing support.

They are now online now