What I Do.
I’m a veteran of the IBD and ostomy communities.
Diagnosed with IBD at age 9, I received my ostomy at age 15, and have been active as an educator, advocate and volunteer for over 20 years.
In 2004, I was invited to speak at a national ostomy event, and my passion for helping others in the ostomy and IBD communities was ignited.
I am a past President of the United Ostomy Associations of America, and I’ve served the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America as Development and Support Coordinator in Northeast Ohio.
An accomplished speaker, I’ve has shared my story, and advocated for other ostomy and IBD patients, both nationally and internationally. I have lectured as guest faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Turnbull School of Enterostomal Therapy (WOC Nursing), and regularly work with industry professionals to provide perspective and insight into the lives of ostomy and IBD patients.
I’ve have appeared in commercials for the Cleveland Clinic, and my stoma has been featured in several product use videos for major ostomy supply manufacturers. Over the years, I’ve volunteered for numerous ostomy and IBD related causes including Youth Rally Inc., Get Your Guts in Gear, and Cleveland Ostomy Association.
Things I Am.
And a whole lot more…