At age 11, the diagnosis was Crohn’s disease. By age 21 the illness became so unmanageable that permanent ileostomy surgery was performed in 1994. At the time little support was available, an issue that had me wondering… How many people are living with an ostomy? And where do they go for help?
Doing something significant for the ostomy community has been a long-time goal. In May, 2015 – exactly 21 years after my own surgery – I launched OstomyConnection. For a girl who grew up more 'wing and a prayer' rather than 'plan and take action', it took a lot of guts (more than I had) for me to make OC a reality.
My commitment is to bring you the very best of what others have lived through and learned. My hope is that you’ll come across stories that bring encouragement and inspiration because this will enhance every part of your amazing life.