It’s pretty much tradition that I highlight some of the standout moments of the year, so without further adieu, here’s what 2017 looked like!
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My first public talk of the year was for Ostomy Toronto!
I was also featured on the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada website!
April was a special month for me!
It was my first time at HealtheVoices in Chicago, and it brought along some good times! Chicago was also the place where I co-hosted the IBD Social Circle Twitter chat, “Holistic IBD Care”.
April also saw the launch of the VeganOstomy Community Forums, which now hosts over 4000 posts in nearly 300 topics for over 400 members!!
The forums are an extension of the information and support that the rest of the Veganostomy site brings to tens of thousands of people every month, and I couldn’t be more proud.
World IBD Day fell on this month, and I shared some encouraging words in a blog post.
While June didn’t have much excitement, July marked the beginning of a new ostomy education series: Ostomy Accessories Guide.
The guide was a huge undertaking as I covered all the most common ostomy accessories in both article and video format!
August marked the celebration of my 4th year with an ostomy. I say celebration because it really has been something I’ve celebrated for all of these years.
As part of my efforts to expand the education piece of my advocacy, I launched the Glossary of Ostomy Terms to make it easier for newcomers (and veterans) to understand some common and not-so-common terms used when talking about ostomies.
I was featured on the IBD & Ostomy Support Show where we talked (mostly) about diet and ostomies!
This month marked the ninth year since my diagnosis. It certainly brings up a lot of mixed feelings, which I put into words in a blog post.
The WEGO Health Awards winners were announced this month, and VeganOstomy took the coveted”Best in Show: Blog” award!
Several of my other friends also won in their own respective categories.
I was on my first podcast! I got to meet up with the great ladies from Guts and Glory and we discussed the ups and downs of being an ostomate.
I was also really fortunate to have had an opportunity to visit Orlando, Florida for AIBD 2017 and the IBD Social Circle Summit!
While I was there, I managed to record a 360-degree tour of the Universal Garden and CityWalk!
I was a speaker for both the Crohn’s and Colitis Summit and for an Ostomy 101 Webinar hosted by Corstrata this month!
Both were fun opportunities and it was a nice way to end the year!
I haven’t shared this yet, but I was mentioned in the book, “Even Vegans Die” (page 32). The book is phenomenal read and touches upon topics that I’ve never seen openly discussed: caring for the sick or dying as a vegan (or for a vegan), disease shaming in the vegan community, vegan advocacy while living with a chronic illness, planning our death, and how to create a will to make sure our advocacy continues well after we’re gone.
If you’d like to pick up a copy, they are being sold through Amazon HERE.
What’s to Come in 2018?
I have several more plans moving forward, but I’m also looking for community feedback and suggestions for content.
If you have any topics or ideas you’d like me to cover, let me know in the comment section!
Thank you for being a guest on this website and I hope that it continues to be a source of education and inspiration.