Greetings from New Jersey! I’m here in Princeton shooting a product application for Convatec, one of the major ostomy supply manufacturers. I did a similar project for them about a year and a half ago, and they must have liked my work, because they invited me back!
They have a new product launching ( shhhh…I can’t tell you what it is just yet…), and I get to be the model in the video that shows how to apply the product. So…me and my soon to be famous stoma are here until Friday. Today was mostly just shooting scenes with Gwen, the WOCN that narrates the video, and towards the end of the day we did shoot a few scenes of me walking into the bathroom with my “pile of product” and did my voice over for the video intro. LOL
Apparently tomorrow is “CHANGE MY POUCH 50 MILLION TIMES AND TRY TO GET IT ALL ON CAMERA DAY”
Below are some pics from today. I’ll post more tomorrow night.
I spent today reflecting alot. 16 years ago, when I got my ostomy, I would have NEVER in a MILLION years guessed that one day I’d be perfectly comfortable showing my stoma, in all it’s glory, in a video that will be used nationwide. I’d have never imagined that having ostomy surgery could ever lead to one good thing, let alone all the amazing opportunities I’ve had and the wonderful people I’ve met as a result of it. I’m so thankful that I’ve learned to embrace my ostomy as a blessing ( yes, it was a process), and I’m hopeful that by being open about my experiences and making myself vulnerable, that I’m somehow making the road easier and brighter for those just starting their journey. I doubt I’ll ever be famous for making “stoma” videos. But I hope that one day, when I’m long gone, I’ll be a fond memory for someone who encountered me and learned that an ostomy is not a curse, but an opportunity for a wonderful new life.
See the pics here!