We’re on a mission to create big change.
OstomyConnection began with a question. What if there was a collective website for ostomates? One convenient place where everyone can stay connected to news, stories and events in the ostomy community. Which led to wanting to do something significant for some very special “mates”… which led to meeting a team of extremely talented, creative and just plain nice people who make the whole thing work.
Doing something significant for the ostomy community has been a long-time goal. For a girl who grew up more, “wing and a prayer” than, “plan and take action”… 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 articles and stories that bring encouragement and inspiration, because this will enhance every part of your amazing life.
When I was a young girl, the world wasn’t ready to hear about ostomies. It’s known as the “secret surgery” because many people who have an ostomy don’t want others to know about it — that was me for nearly 20 years. Nowadays, more and more men and women are talking openly about how illnesses and ostomies have affected their lives.
Since its inception until today, I've always intended OstomyConnection to be much more than a news and opinion website for the masses. With our new website launch fast approaching, we're excited to share a host of new features; such as directories, an event calendar, and classified ads page that allows ostomates to find ostomy supplies they need from people who create a listing. There are many people who have excess products to sell or donate, and so many others who don’t have any — making this connection is very important to our mission.
Our goal is to change the way the world sees ostomates. We envision the global ostomy community as an empowered, inspirational and thriving group. Our ever-evolving intent is to help move ostomy awareness, education and social acceptance forward in a positive direction. Would you like to help us? Click here to learn about our crowdfunding campaign. It's because of generous supporters like you that we are truly making a difference.
Thank you for being a part of this incredible community. Get ready, we’re going to change things together!