There is an "advocate" in each of us and the key to advocacy is raising awareness.
I work for an organization (UOAA) that strives to dispel the fear about undergoing this life-saving and life-restoring surgery and erase the myths, stigma and embarrassment that are sometimes associated with having an ostomy. This stigma is real. It's a fact some people would rather die than have ostomy surgery.
I'm inspired to raise awareness with others when I read things like this Twitter post "I really hate it when people say I’m “too young” to have a stoma and “it’s such a shame.” But why is it such a shame? I would have died without that surgery. Why is it still perceived so negatively in society the fact that I have one and got it at the age of 22?"
Each year UOAA organizes the ostomy Run for Resilience 5k as a venue to raise ostomy awareness and raise funds so UOAA can continue to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by ostomy or continent diversion surgery.
I am uniting advocates across the country on a special mission to raise ostomy awareness. Will you join my virtual team to help us smash stigma and change public attitude this year? Each of us can walk or run or roll or pedal for whatever distance you want wherever you want on October 3rd Ostomy Awareness Day!
Our team goal is to raise $5,000. If you can't participate, please support our team fundraising campaign by clicking the donate link to sponsor our efforts and invite others to support the cause as well. Your friends and family can register to join us too!
Together we can transform lives by raising this much-needed awareness.
Thank you for your support. Not only will you be helping us surpass our goal, but you will help each and every person who has had or who may one day have ostomy or continent diversion surgery. Wouldn't it be nice to know you helped save a life?