me+™ Community Profiles
We believe living with an ostomy should be fulfilling and complete – whether you’d like to run a 5K, or simply get back out with your friends. And we know that no two people live with an ostomy in quite the same way. The me+ Community highlights the stories of people living with an ostomy doing the things they love.
A life-long educator, Walt Brilhart has always taken care of others – as a teacher, principal, execu
As an accomplished fashion model–and a double ostomate–she’s spent nearly 20 years camouflaging her
I am a 55-year-old woman who always took great care of herself. Never smoked or drank, stayed out of the sun and always looked much younger than my age. A few years ago, I started getting symptoms of what I thought were hemorrhoids. I’d never had a colonoscopy, always saying I was "too busy." Like a lot of people, I was just afraid. But given my symptoms, I mustered up the courage, found the time and had it done.
From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to serve my country in the Air Force. My father is a veteran, as are my uncles. I had waited my entire life to step-up and enlist, and in early 2017, my time had finally arrived. But just a week before leaving for basic training, I experienced the recurring stomach issues I had been living with since the age of 16. However, this time felt different. It became clear later that what I always thought of as just an “irritable stomach” was something more serious: IBD.