The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) will be hosting their international conference in Cape Town, South Africa this March 13-16th.  The conference will attract stoma nurses, doctors, ostomy supply manufacturers – oh, and did I mention I’ll be speaking there?

Yup!! I was fortunate enough to have received an invite from the amazing people at B. Bruan Medical Inc. (a Platinum Sponsor for the event) to speak as a patient about my experience with having an ostomy. The presentation I’ll be giving will focus on the time before, during, and after my surgery, and I hope to share the importance of having a supportive medical team from a patient’s perspective.

I’m really looking forward to connecting with the nurses who’ll be helping ostomy patients directly, and I’m sure I’ll learn a thing or two about how they approach patient care.

In addition to that, I’ll be stopping by the booths of some of my favorite ostomy supply manufacturers to see what they’ve got going on! As an “ostomy supply nerd”, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!

I’d like to point out that this is not only my first trip as an ostomate, but I haven’t been on a plane since I was a teenager – over 20 years ago! Of course, I welcome this opportunity so I can learn and share my experience about traveling as an ostomate (yes, I’ll have articles and videos about it!).

Since having my ostomy, I’ve been doing things that I would never have dreamed of doing 5 or 10 years ago, and I truly am grateful for all that it’s given me.

Before I go, I’d love to know what travel tips you have to share.
For more info on WCET 2016, please visit

Disclosure: While my flight and accommodations are being covered by B. Braun Medical, I’ve received no other compensation for attending, nor am I expected to promote any brand or product while I’m there. This opportunity is specifically about sharing my experience as an ostomate.