I’m finally, semi, settled back into life since being back from the UOAA ostomy conference in Reno.
It was a great 5 days full of amazing people, seminars, fun events, and food (so much good food!) Positive ostomy energy was everywhere!
While I was there, I helped run a few seminars for the young adults, I stood with Rob Hill at the IDEAS booth in the exhibit hall alongside the product vendors, and I gave the closing ceremony speech at the end of the week on “defeating the stigma.”
It was a fun week but it was definitely overwhelming. I hadn’t expected so many people to know who I was, let alone ask for pictures with me and autographs! Why would anyone want my autograph? I kept telling these people I was just another girl with a bag! I guess it didn’t really help that my picture was EVERYWHERE! There was a poster of my Phoenix magazine cover, I was in the conference program, and I was on a 6 foot tall poster for Colo-Majic’s exhibit booth… so weird.
The good thing about it, though, was that because everyone knew who I was and kept coming up to me, I got to meet everyone! I met such amazing and inspiring people that I would never have met if I had not been invited to this great week. Thanks for bringing me, UOAA!