At age 11, the diagnosis was Crohn’s disease. By age 21 the illness became unmanageable so permanent ileostomy surgery was performed in 1994. At the time there was little support available, an issue that had me wondering… How many people are living with an ostomy? And where do they go for help?
Doing something to make a positive social impact has been a long-time goal. On May 25, 2015 – exactly 21 years after my own surgery – I launched OC. For a girl who grew up living on a wing and a prayer, it took a lot of guts (more than I had) for me to make OstomyConnection 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 and feel as inspired as I do. Because when you tell your story, it becomes part of someone else's healing.