About Us

OC is a publication for the millions of ostomates around the world whose stories aren't represented — or often misrepresented — in the media. With a diverse set of voices, we define our lives by sharing experiences and opinions.

We are the leading digital destination for ostomates. Like our readers, our team of writers, editors, and artists are from different backgrounds. What we all have in common is lifesaving ostomy surgery — and lots of other things, too.

Most of all, we understand there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to life, after all, you know best what works for you. But when you’re in an exclusive club like ours, staying connected is important and that’s why we’re here for you.

Meet the team:

Christine Kim

Christine is the founder of OC. She had permanent ileostomy surgery in 1994 because of Crohn's disease.

R.S. Elvey

Raymond is our news and events editor. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. In 2006, he had ileostomy surgery because of ulcerative colitis.

Robin Glover

Robin is our culture and lifestyle editor. He is a digital marketing expert. In 2018, he had a 3-step J-pouch procedure because of ulcerative colitis.

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A note about our content:

Our commitment is to bring you the very best of what others have lived through and learned. We’re completely aware that this advice might not be the best solution for every person. Please know that the content published on this site is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

The editorial content on OC is created independently of advertiser influence. We do present a limited number of articles produced and paid for by our advertising partners that we think you'll find interesting and useful. We continue to expand our network of partnerships through the shared interest of providing our readers with the best resources possible. On paid content, it will be clearly identified as a sponsored story. We also have affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Please read our editorial policy for more information.

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