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My colon plushie stayed with me at the hospital the whole time

I have my plushie since my first colonoscopy (December 2019) and it has been my buddy throughout the years. I sleep with it next to my pillow.


This year I got diagnosed with a dolichocolon (abnormally long colon) so the medical team decided it was better to do a partial colectomy.


My colon plushie stayed with me at the hospital the whole time, it helped me a lot to sleep, and when I was feeling down or lonely I would hug it and feel better.


And each time the doctors and nurses came to my room they loved seeing the plushie so it was a good reason to chit-chat about happy things.

 

The only uterus I own now

Boot the ute! I am feeling nervited. After being woken up this early AM with bad cramps, only being able to take Tylenol, and on the verge of crying, I am ready. Totally ready to be able to live life again! 
The only uterus I own now! 
Pain out of surgery was not great. Found out I have some endometriosis. We'll see how things go with that. Here's to feeling like a rockstar.

1 whole year of being a diabadass

1 whole year of being a Diabadass! We're not celebrating T1D but rather this kid being a warrior! Cake inspired by I Heart Guts. 

One year of learning how to treat the low sugars to the highs. Having to always carry around supplies to save his life on a DAILY basis. All the juice boxes. All the needles. All the sleepless nights. All the stress of calculating the carbs and dosing insulin before every single meal.

But most importantly learning how to fitT1D into his life instead of running his life. There is no preparation for this and no option to give up but with all of that he has had the greatest attitude and optimism. Sure there are days he's over it but I'm so impressed with how strong and positive he has been! Happy Diaversary! 

Thank you for making a plush that represents me

I am living with Dystonia Type 11, a genetic condition that causes my muscles to twist and lock, accompanied by constant shaking. At the age of 21, I’m confronting challenges in walking and performing daily activities due to the condition’s progressive nature.
My journey began with a subtle hand tremor at the age of 3, a condition that took
seven years to diagnose. Enduring numerous tests, including MRIs and EEGs, I
faced the frustration of trial medications and the emotional toll of being dismissed by two major children’s hospitals. A breakthrough finally came at Cincinnati Children’s through genetic testing. Despite enduring daily pain, I have to remain resilient.

While I had the first part of the DBS surgery on June 2nd, complications arose, causing delays in scheduling the second surgery. I experienced pulmonary embolisms in both lungs, leading to several days in the ICU and a subsequent diagnosis of antiphospholipid antibody syndrome—a disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks normal proteins in the blood.

After extensive testing, my second surgery was scheduled for November 17th at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. I've been recovering from my surgery since and my wonderful friend Natalie got me this super cool brain plush from I Heart Guts!

Thank you for making a plush to help represent me.

We take pics of him with his heart pillow for his heartiversarys

Leo is 3 years old and has Down syndrome. One in two babies with Down syndrome are born with some kind of heart defect. He was born with a heart defect called, a Complete AVSD. It is where the middle septum of the heart isn’t formed completely.

There were large holes between his atrium and ventricles. Also, two of his valves were connected as one and had to be separated during surgery to function properly. He has had 2 heart surgeries. One at one month old to close his PDA, and his open heart surgery at 5 months old to repair his Complete AVSD.

The surgeries went amazing. He’s happy, thriving, strong, and such a bright light!

Pancreatectomy plushie put a smile on his face

My son had a total pancreatectomy with islet auto transplantation on November 7. After surgery, getting the I Heart Guts plush versions of his missing organs as well as pins to put on his diabetes bag put a smile on his face. We absolutely love your products!    

A week ago I lost my appendix, today it came in the mail

I felt like I was getting punched multiple times at the same side so I decided to take myself to urgent care. CT showed appendicitis. Drove myself again to ER and got the surgery done the next day.

It’s my first surgery and I'm just thankful I'm healing wonderfully. My wife found IHG and she got me back my appendix in a cute and plushy form lol.

I have been using my IHG plushie as my pressure pillow and so far I have been getting good sleep. I love that the plushie makes me feel like I still have my appendix and it makes me feel complete. 

I have a congenital heart defect, so happy to have my heart plushie

I am so happy to have found my heart plushie and I love it so much. I have a congenital heart defect called Ebstein's Anomaly. 

When I was born my heart was too enlarged and the right side was not functioning properly. The surgeons at Seattle Children’s Hospital had to remove the right side.

I am now 25 and have only ever lived with half my heart (the left side). Having a heart condition has changed my life. I am the only one in my family to have half a heart.

Back in 2017 I was told that I would need a heart transplant. I went through the whole process but sadly got denied the transplant. In 2018 I had a catheter at New York Langone with my first ever cardiologist from Seattle. I then was told that sleeping with oxygen would be good for me. I have slept with oxygen since then.

I embrace my scars and the journey of my condition.

Patient brings liver plushie to hospital while waiting for a real one

I'm trying to find a living donor for a liver transplant. I have an advanced rare liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis that affects my bile ducts.

I've had it for over 20 years since I was 9 years old. The ERCP procedure widens the are where the ducts have narrowed. A coworker gave me my liver plush and I always take it with me to the hospital.

I have a potential donor for a living liver transplant being evaluated. If they're a match, I'll know next week!

Ova achiever kicking cancer's a$$

I was diagnosed with a rare ovarian cancer September 2023 called Germ Cell Yolk Sac ovarian cancer.
Once the cancer was found I was immediately brought in to have surgery to receive biopsies in the area where the cancer was found.
It ended up being stage 2 and my right ovary and fallopian tube had to be removed.
Flash forward 3 chemo sessions later and the idea of Christmas gifts came to be.
My sister was asking some friends for Christmas gift ideas for me and the friends kept asking "Well what does she need?" That started discussion of "Well she needs an ovary...?" And it's the best gift I've been given!

Knee surgery essentials knee surgery recovery essentials"Perfect gift for surgery recovery. It’s still on my couch. The injury, and surgeries, helped bring me back to the present. I’m still on my way to being 'fully recovered' but I can say that I don’t take a single day for granted now."

Urologist teaming up with Prostavious the prostate plushie for Movember

So it's officially #Movember where we highlight prostate cancer. I'm teaming up with my home boy Prostavious to drop some knowledge darts all month. I can assure you it will be on brand for this page. Interpret that as you will. 😃

Thank you I Heart Guts for providing this cute plushie and partnering with me. Stay tuned. Because we'll have give aways and stuff.

*Excited prostate sounds*

Sorry. That sounded much better in my head.

Colon blessed by a priest

Colina the colon update: She has now been blessed by a priest! Thanks for helping me and my niece through some hard times.

Thanks for supporting our inner nerdiness!

We work in an Ophthalmology Urgent Care clinic and some days can be pretty intense! I got Party Pupil as a gift for my co-worker’s birthday. Everyone loved it, including the doctors! Honestly it was better than expected and now I think I should have gotten one for myself. Thanks for supporting our inner nerdiness!
— Cincinnati Eye Institute Urgent Clinic

I can’t tell you how delightful it was to share ‘Gary the Gallbladder’ with my dad

Of all the gall!
I can’t tell you how delightful it was to share ‘Gary the Gallbladder’ with my Dad. We needed a happy, plush version to replace ‘the very, very dead one’ that needed to come out. He delighted all the nurses, he came with us to imaging, and nurses in the hall delighted in his purple presence.

Our sweet Doctor admired him so much that we presented her with Gary to her great delight.

I mean, if you can’t have fun upgrading from a diseased organ to a purple, smiling version, what fun is there!?

Excited to hang my awesome puberty poster in my new office

Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Stone says, "Excited to hang my awesome puberty poster from I Heart Guts in my new office!" 

Oesophagus pin for son born with tracheo-oesophageal fistula

This chubba-bubba was born with a tracheo-oesophageal fistula and had major surgery within 24 hours of birth.

4 more surgical procedures after that until he was 2 years old and had 4 ambulance rides to hospital because he was choking. 

Countless appointments.

It wasn't a great time for mum and dad, I'll be honest.

Even if he has a horrible snack-based-diet now, sometimes I stop and think about what he went through to get here.

Taking care package with kidney slippers to the nephrologist

He had Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) and it's still affecting his kidneys. On a steroid now to hopefully get inflammation down, but may need something stronger. My high school bestie sent a care package that included KIDNEY SLIPPERS!!! You know we're taking to the nephrologist next week! 

I Heart Guts has a whole lineup of these adorable (and weird) organ plushies! They also have shirts, and obviously, slippers.

Kneeded this shirt to help with knee surgery recovery knee replacement funny shirt surgery recovery knee acl humorThis shirt goes with me for every ortho visit and every PT appointment. The doctors, nurses and staff all love it. I swear it is my good luck knee shirt. The color goes great with my scar!

Wanna meet in the fallopian tubes? Uterus plushie tallasianchickWanna meet in the fallopian tubes and connect? I can give you extra womb cervix.

Took my uterus shirt to the Supreme Court uterus shirt supreme court angry womb funny sign reproductive rightsLove wearing this uterus shirt, hate why I'm wearing it. Glad all the proceeds go to Center for Reproductive Rights so we can help fight the good fight.

Plushies empowering sex therapy

AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, and self-proclaimed geeky goth @dr.jordansoper strips down the secrets of sex online, owns and operates The Center For Sexual Health and Wellness, and provides therapy to help people dissect issues around anxiety, PTSD, and sex, of course. 


Everyone Fits Inside Her Island of Misfit Toys

Dr. Jordan Soper does seminal work! As a proud cosplayer and I Heart Guts Plushies fan, she’s a breath of fresh air for anyone who doesn’t fit into the rectular crowd or sees the butt of society’s hardships on a daily basis. 

She specializes in helping the LGBTQ+ community, current and former sex workers, military service members and veterans, first responders and law enforcement, young geeks and professionals, and more.  

From Dr. Soper’s Perspective, What Is Sex Therapy?

Jordan’s take on sex therapy is super flexy! She opens up her practice to anything from performance, desire, and satisfaction to sex addiction, sexual trauma, painful syndromes, repro issues, and gender and sexual identity concerns. Our world needs some serious sex ed, and she’s here to offer clit!

Plushies made appendectomy & tonsillectomy surgery more tolerable

The absolute talk of the surgery center

"My daughter lost her appendix almost 2 years ago and felt she needed a replacement since she also received a tonsil 3 weeks ago for losing her tonsils. These plush are so cute."

Meet Tommy The Tonsil, Too! 

"We purchased the tonsil for our daughter’s upcoming tonsillectomy and it was way cuter than we expected. She was actually able to take 'Tommy the Tonsil' back to surgery with her and he was the absolute talk of the surgery center.

He was passed around to all the nurses and Drs and several asked where we got him so they could order 'their guts.' Highly highly recommended, definitely made surgery more tolerable."

 

After undergoing both an appendectomy and a tonsillectomy, this resilient girl proves that nothing can bring her down. To honor her journey, she now proudly boasts a new stuffed appendix plush and tonsil plush, filling the void left by the organs she bid farewell to. With a spirit as fierce as ever, she serves as an inspiration to us all. Long live the Ectomy Queen!

Accepted into nursing school! heart plushie nursing school gift cute funny anatomy med school graduation giftMy 🫀 is so happy to announce that I have been accepted into nursing school for the fall of 2023!! 🥳🩺🤓 #futurenurse

Pelvic exam volunteer makes pelvic exams less scary

Sex ed is a community cervix

Animal and flower-loving @aliciagauvin raises money and works with SHIP, a nonprofit that provides adults with pleasure-oriented sexual education, therapy, and training. She lets students practice their pelvic examination skills on her. Yup, you heard that right!

SHIP is one of only two organizations providing GTA training to medical and nursing students in New England. Since March 2020, SHIP has taught 250+ Nurse Practitioner students how to perform patient-centered and trauma-informed pelvic exams.

What’s Pelvic Exam Got To Do With It?

“I work with local medical and nursing schools as a Gynecological Teaching Associate (GTA). In other words, I use my body to teach medical and nursing students how to perform patient-centered and trauma-informed pelvic exams,” says Alicia.

Pelvic exams are an important part of gynecological health. They are commonly performed during pregnancy and routine physical exams to help pinpoint cervical changes and possible signs of STIs, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and early-stage cancers.

Improving Pelvic Exams With A Selfless Cervix Contribution  

Alicia allows medical and nursing students to practice on her so they can slide into the field with a patient-centered and trauma-informed approach. Yes, uncomfortable mishaps happen all the time, but Alicia makes womb for mistakes so they can be avoided on patients.

“For most of my students, I am the first conscious and consenting human on whom they have ever done a pelvic exam,” says Alicia.

We hope you and the rest of the Gynecological Teaching Associates enjoy the cervix lapel pins we sent your way, and thank you for volunteering your bodies in the name of science!

Bought this for my teen son before he was having knee surgery

knee surgery gift teens acl recovery funny giftBought this for my teen son before he was having knee surgery. He loved it! It put a smile on his face and even calmed his nerves. Definitely gave him something to focus on when he had pain. His knee surgeon and all the nurses thought it was cute, too :) Good size stuffie and the smile on the knee cap is just adorable.

Miraculous to be there for my sister placenta plush new mom gift birth midwife doulaWords cannot describe how beautiful and miraculous the past two days have been, so thankful to have had the privilege to be there as a hype girl for my bff/sister/supermom👸 women are amazing. so lucky to be blessed with another bestie🥹🌈🫶💗

Pancreas Barbie brings joy to T1D

Multi-passionate creative @taylorelizabethlane produces a ton of cool stuff— just not enough insulin or dopamine. As an I Heart Guts customer, we hope her Pancreas Plushie makes type 1 diabetes and ADHD easier to digest!

Her Motto? Laugh Through the Pancreas 

Taylor is funny, forward, full of ideas, AND a samaritan. Through her content and creations, including fundraisers, stickers, blogs, digital art, and super fun Insta videos, she helps people find support, deal with pain, and feel strong in the face of adversity. 

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes Can Be Hard To Stomach!

When your pancreas decides to decrease its insulin workload or stop producing it altogether, AKA type 1 diabetes it can cause excessive hunger, thirst, urination, and tiredness coupled with unexplained weight loss, mood swings, and blurry vision. This chronic condition usually appears in childhood, too, so managing it can be a lifelong pain in the pancreas.

We’re not going to sugar-coat it. Health issues can be hard to stomach. Thank hormones sweet Gutsy customers like Taylor Elizabeth Lane exist!

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Womb warrior heals and empowers women

Naledi, aka Lady Yoni is all about embracing your yoni goddess energy. With the help of her trusted uterus plushie, she guides women on a journey towards healthier living and healing, sprinkling laughter along the way. 


She’s a fierce advocate for women's health, dishing on the embodiment of pleasure and offering the ultimate tips and tricks for a healthy, sizzling lifestyle. 


Her own quest for womb health began when I battled depression, IBS, and an ovarian cyst. Endless diets, meditation, and yoga led her to explore the depths of womb healing. Through her womb healing journey, she released womb trauma and removed energetic blockages for a happier, healthier life — and is now sharing that knowledge with her community.  

Lady Yoni supports women on their journey of self-discovery as they embrace their #yonigoddessgang power, heal from emotional and sexual trauma, and unleash the full potential of their pleasure-filled lives.

With ten years of expertise in herbology, Hatha & Kundalini yoga, meditation, and all things alternative healing, Lady Yoni takes you on a wild ride of empowerment, self-discovery, and yoni magic.


A fearless guardian of fabulousness, she taps into the secrets of the divine feminine, transforms wounds into wisdom, and unleashes a tsunami of self-love and empowerment, all with her fav uterus plush sidekick in tow!

Ehlers Danlos will never win over me gallbladder surgery cute funny plushie gallbladder disease humorToday, just getting out of gallbladder surgery. A yr ago today, just getting home from my colon and ostomy removal in dc. 2 yrs ago today just getting out of my first hip surgery. But guess what, i am still and will continue to stand up and fight for the life i not only want but deserve. Ehlers Danlos will never win.

My rare disease is called pheochromocytoma, a type of adrenal gland tumour

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My rare disease is called pheochromocytoma, a type of adrenal gland tumour that secretes dangerous amounts of hormones like adrenaline.🦓 Somehow I became the one in a million. That’s a 0.0001% chance of being diagnosed with a pheo. An even smaller percentage of that are people my age. and an EVEN SMALLER percentage of that are people with no known genetic mutation, like me. My main original symptom was extremely high blood pressure. The chances of that being caused by a pheo was less than 0.2%. To make that EVEN MORE rare, I’m also one of the very few people who don’t feel better after surgery.

The perfect gift for my kidney donor

perfect gift for kidney donor

Nice quality good size and the perfect gift for my kidney donor!

My son was born with multiple congenital heart defects heart surgery gift cute plushie anatomy toy hospital recovery funnyMy son was born with multiple congenital heart defects, I bought this for him to hug in the hospital after his surgeries, and Cath procedures. Everyone loves it, especially the doctors, nurses, and staff 😂❤️

When you get told it’s gonna be “impossible” for you to get pregnant IVF funny gift TTC struggle journey plushie pillow ovary plush testicle plushThis is really personal, but we figured I’ve shared everything else so far and this information may well help someone so it’s worth the TMI. I took a test in October 2019 called an AMH test, and it measures your potential egg reserve. A typical woman my age has a count of around 37. Mine was 4.7. There’s no way of knowing if it’s always been this low, or whether I’m dropping dramatically & on a downward trajectory. Either way, it’s shit. Tris also took a test where he had to “produce a sample” (ooo la la) and his results were hardly positive either. Long story short, the shape of his “swimmers” are let’s say... unconventional. We are young, and being honest I wasn’t thinking about future babas, but regardless of this when you get told it’s guna be “impossible” for you to get pregnant naturally it’s kinda heartbreaking.  **UPDATE: after endometriosis, infertility struggles, IVF and miscarriage, Miranda and Tris HAD A BABY GIRL!** Congrats!

A little nervous to get ear tubes in ear tube cute gift ent surgery kid plushie eustachian tube cochlear implantWhen you’re a little nervous to get ear tubes in so your (super cool 💁‍♀️) aunt sends you an inner ear lovey for good measure.

The only pancreas I have now pancreas plushie pancreatitis surgery removed recoveryThis is my pancreas! It’s actually my only pancreas because I had to have my entire pancreas surgically removed. I have something called chronic pancreatitis (CP,) which is persistent inflammation of the pancreas. It’s a disease characterized by irreversible damage to the pancreas, distinct from the reversible changes to the pancreas found during acute pancreatitis.

Cramming for dental exams with plushie tooth Cramming for dental school exams with plushie toothToof and i are 25% dentists! time sure does fly by when you’re having fun, or cramming for exams at the library...

Tell me your mom is a spine nurse practitioner

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Tell me your mom is a spine nurse practitioner without telling me your mom is spine nurse practitioner.

 

Crohn's flare turned into loss of my entire colon crohns funny gift plushie colon IBS IBD perfect gift colon surgery humorRun of the mill Crohn’s flare turned into the worst flare of my life complete with: an ER trip, multiple abscesses, several rounds of antibiotics, the lowest weight I’ve been since junior high, getting that thigh gap I wanted so badly in 2013 (🙄), and ultimately… the loss of my entire colon! Swipe to see Nice Colon, my new plushie colon friend which is way nicer to me than the one in my body was. - Cameron H.

A huge hit in the cardio dept. at the hospital heart cardiologist pillow open heart surgery plushie gift recovery hospital"My mom had a heart procedure done and really needed a pillow for recovery. I could not resist this heart pillow; we have a great sense of humor. The doctor loved it too and asked where I got it. He thought they would be good to give heart patients after surgery especially children because of the size. The pillow is just the right size for my mom, it is super soft, and is small enough to drag around in her purse to all of her appointments. This was a huge hit in the cardio dept. at the hospital." - Raenell M.

Laughter helps with difficult times kidney plushie cute surgery gift hospital dialysis funny CKD donor plushie recovery pillow"My friend had to have a kidney removed and so I gave her a kidney pillow to hug in case she missed the one that was removed (yes, I’m that friend) and she loved it (even after she was off the dilaudid)! It’s soft, well made and the whole line of these products are hilarious! Laughter helps with difficult times (along with love, support and sarcasm) and even her urologist thought it was great!" - Melissa C.

The family cried from laughing so hard bladder plushie funny cute"My father-in-law just began treatment for bladder cancer. He lives in a different state so there isn't much support we can offer but wanted to show him that we were thinking of him. We had the adorable little stuffed bladder sent with a card that said 'Urine Our Thoughts'. It was a HUGE hit. The family cried from laughing so hard. My father-in-law now takes his bladder, named Bob, to the hospital for weekly treatments." - K. G.

Two eye doctors actually fought over the plushie eyeball doctor gift plushie eyeball funny ophthalmologist gift"I got the eyeball plush as a secret gift swap for my work Christmas party. I work at an optometrist office. Two of the doctors were fighting over this. It is really cute and a good size." - Victoria

Gave this pancreas before pancreatitis surgery pancreas surgery pancreatitis gift funny hospital recovery pillow plushie"I gave this pancreas pillow to my dad before his second surgery for pancreatitis. In addition to being a great comfort during the first couple days after his surgery, it was useful as an educational aid. Before the surgery, the doctor was able to explain which parts of the pancreas were to be removed by pointing out areas on the plush. This plush was such a hit, the hospital is considering an order of more pancreas plushes for its patients!" - Lauren C.

Placenta plush is a hit in our pathology call room placenta plushie cute medical geek gift funny placenta pillow"I am a pathology resident, and this placenta plush is a hit in our call room! Even the attendings thought it was really funny and cute. It's super soft and well made to boot. A great gift for medical/obgyn geeks, though I can't vouch for it as an appropriate baby shower gag gift." - Lora B.

No Stomach, But Sense of Humor Still Intact gastrectomy funny gift stomach cancer surgery plushie pillow“I purchased two of your plush stomachs to give to my 27 and 29 year old ‘kids’ this Christmas, and I can’t thank you enough for the delight your product brought to all three of us! My kids had their real stomachs surgically removed, every single cell, in 2009 and 2012, to cure them of the hereditary cancer which took their father in early 2009. You helped bring joy back to our family, and I am truly grateful.” Cindy C.

Some people have plush bears, but I have a plush spleen educational anatomy stuffed toys plushie organs body parts plush toy“I am 10 years old. Your products are amazing in 7 hundred billion ways! First of all, I love studying the human body organs and such. I might want to be a doctor when I grow up. Some of my friends say organs are gross, but I just ignore them, they don’t know the true awesomeness of organs. Your cartoony guts with cute little faces make learning the organs so much fun! I have a couple of your plush organs. I’m trying to collect them all like they are Pokemon cards or something…weird. I know some people have plush dogs or bears, but I have A PLUSH SPLEEN!!!!” Michael

Your brain pin helped someone having a hard time brain pin psych nurse badge reel lanyard scrubs cute button enamel pins“I’m a psychiatric nurse and wanted to tell you that your little brain button came in handy yesterday. I now wear the pin on my badge and was able to successfully de-escalate a very angry and potentially aggressive patient by simply showing her the pin that said “All You Need is Lobe.” Her face immediately changed from a look of wanting to kill me to a huge toothy smile. I just thought that you should know that your art yesterday really helped someone who is having a hard time. I think that is so important and you should be proud.” -J.

Popped her stitches laughing when she got it Uterus Plushie Surgery Recovery Pillow Funny Hysterectomy Gift Hospital"Got this stuffed uterus as a gift for a friend who had a hysterectomy. She absolutely loved it. Even carries at around the whole time she was on 'bed rest'. Be careful though, she almost popped her stitches laughing when she opened it!" - Z.