I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited to join the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for a Facebook Live Chat during World IBD Day (2018)!
March 6 – 2017. I’ve had the honor of being featured on the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada website to talk about life with an ostomy and my acceptance with having one.
Sunday, June 5th, 2016. Another Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis has passed. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to go again this year!
The Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is one of the main funding sources allocated to IBD research by the organization. Last year, over $3,000,000 was raised, and we hope to do even better this year!
Sunday June 7th, 2015 was the 20th Annual GUTSY Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and I had the pleasure of doing the walk again this year.
I had the honor and great pleasure of being one of about a dozen Canadian IBD advocacy bloggers to be invited to attended the IBD Hall of Fame event held in Toronto on September 10, 2014. This was only my second time in a hotel since my ileostomy surgery last year, and it wasn’t without a few challenges, but things went very well and I’d like to share my experience about the event.
August 21, 2014: It’s hard to believe that a year ago today I was at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto having my colon removed and getting it replaced with an ileostomy.
Boy what a day! Sunday June 8, 2014 marked the 19th annual Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. It was the first year I’ve been able to attend since my diagnosis in 2008 and the excitement really did make up for the lost time. We surpassed our local goal of $70,000 this year, and team VeganOstomy made up over $1500 of that.
It’s May 19, 2014 (A.K.A: World IBD Day), but I don’t feel that it’s a special day to me. Since getting my ostomy back in August 2013, I’ve been an active member of the IBD and ostomy community, and I’ve finally had the energy to help answer questions, raise awareness or simply be there for someone else with IBD or an ostomy who’s looking to open up about their challenges. But the thing is, EVERY DAY is an IBD Day for me. How can it not be? Every joint pain, every worry about next flare, every peek to see how full my ostomy pouch is a constant reminder that IBD is still a passenger in my vehicle of life.