I frequent a lot of social media sites and forums related to IBD and ostomy support, and one of the most devastating things to read is that someone is feeling alone with their illness or new ostomy. I certainly felt that way between the time I learned that I’d be getting an ileostomy to the time I actually had the surgery, but I was able to find enough online support to make me feel comfortable with my new stoma. Unfortunately, many people aren’t that lucky and they spend months or years feeling isolated and ignored by their family, friends and coworkers. Some people HATE their stoma and have nobody who understands their situation to talk to.
I hope to change that by offering a free, online video-based support group for ostomates. You do not have to be vegan to join, and the goal isn’t to try and convert anyone.