acceptance,  advocacy,  awareness,  colorectal cancer,  Colorectal Surgery,  coping with flare,  Crohn's,  living with IBD,  Ostomy,  stigma,  Ulcerative Colitis

All of these exceptional women have won awards this year for their public advocacy efforts

Winner, winner! Inspirational role models we look up to. Ostomy awareness involves advocacy, and to be effective in advocating for change we need influencers. Advocacy can be standing up and speaking out for a cause, voicing concerns about misconceptions, or connecting with individuals and organizations who need support. All of these exceptional women have won awards this year for their public advocacy efforts.

Amber Wallace won a WEGO Health Award.

The WEGO Health Awards program was created to recognize and honor those making a difference in the online health community.

Gaylyn Henderson won a Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Catalyst Award.

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Catalyst Awards honors exceptional individuals who are true catalysts for significant and positive change in the IBD community.

Rachel Jury won a National Diversity Award.

The National Diversity Awards celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society.

Sam Cleasby won a Northern Blog Award.

The Northern Blog Awards recognizes bloggers, vloggers, influencers, and content creators in North England.

Talya Goding won a Great Comebacks Award.

The Great Comebacks® Award in Australia and New Zealand honors those who have overcome the challenges of living with serious intestinal diseases and ostomy surgery.

Tina Omprakash won a Take Steps Honored Hero Award.

Take Steps Honored Heroes represent advocates in the Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis community who share their story to inspire others.

We are extremely proud of everyone and appreciate the opportunity to share your achievements!

My name is Tina and I am from the NYC area. Due to the severity of my Crohn's, multiple surgeries and extraintestinal manifestations, I have served as a case study for a number of renowned doctors and surgeons across the country. I hope that my advocacy work and the medical research done on me help current and future populations of IBD patients. In a world where the #metoo movement has erupted, I believe it is high time for patients like myself to speak up about the ravaging aspects of chronic illness and disability. The intent of this blog is to give those suffering in silence and in shame a voice that creates greater awareness and acceptance of our daily struggles. I own my chronic illnesses and disabilities and my goal is for you to as well!