..you’re hanging out with a group of ostomy people.
Ever notice how much more fun ostomates are? Maybe it’s because those with the ostomies have had to go through so much in the past that they live life to the fullest. Or maybe it’s because we just all have a special gene that, well besides making us need ostomies, make us just a ton of fun?
This week has been, and is going to continue to be, full of ostomy community excitement because the United Ostomy Association of Canada is holding their biennial conference this week! For those that don’t know, it means that ostomates far and wide flock together for education, bonding, and a great time. (Also, swag)
On Monday, one of my friends from ostomy camp from way back in the day came into town from Calgary a few days before the conference to hang out and see the city. I got to spend some time with him while meeting another girl who had one too. I always love meeting new ostomates!
On Tuesday, I went out for dinner with that friend and another ostomy friend from camp and his lovely girlfriend. Though she doesn’t have an ostomy, she has the necessary level of fun to hang out with us.
Last night, a whole bunch of us ostomy people, and one of our very special health care workers, got together to see a Jays game! Though the Jays lost in a horrible game to the White Sox, we all had a great time hanging out together. It had been a while… Well, a while since we had hung out together in good spirits. With Alison’s passing it was a much needed reunion.
The rest of the week? I’ll be hanging around the UOAC conference at the Delta Chelsea in Toronto. If you’re there, come say hi to me! I’ll be standing at the IDEAS booth with the founder of the organization, Rob Hill, and attending the meals. The rest of the time I’ll be gallivanting around and you’ll have to catch me.
It’s not often I get to hang around others with ostomates, but once a year or so, when we all do get together, it’s an awesome time.
Hope you’ll come say hi at the conference!