03 Oct Happy Canadian World Ostomy Day and 1 Year Anniversary!
One year ago today Uncover Ostomy was born.
Launched on Canadian World Ostomy Day 2009, UO was a project aimed to spread awareness and break down the social stigmas surrounding ostomies.
It was an idea I had come up with for a grade 12 media project that inspired an organization to take it on. I had met Robert Hill, the founder of IDEAS, at ostomy camp back in 2007 after my project had been done and marked [ a mark that was a lot lower than I had expected.] Rob said he loved the idea and wanted to make it a reality. From there, he, myself, and John O’Shaughnessy began to work together to put this project together.
Two summers ago, I flew to Vancouver to do the photoshoot for this project while having several discussions with both Rob and John on what Uncover Ostomy should be.
“It should be about discussion, about breaking social stigmas, about knowing that having an ostomy isn’t anything to be ashamed of. “
Together, the three of us along with countless others who joined the team, worked to create this project and make it just that.
Since one year ago, Uncover Ostomy has garnered over 23,000 unique visitors to the website, over 2,400 facebook fans, and countless emails proclaiming joy that this site existed. While the journey isn’t even close to over, I think we’ve done pretty well so far.
On that note, I feel like there may be time for a change.
I myself have been seriously thinking about turning Uncover Ostomy into more of a show and less of a blog. Reading is great but I know that, especially online, you can only stare at words for so long. There are often times I blog and leave out many important details because I know it would be too much to read. I realize that my idea requires money and support, which is harder to come across than you’d think, so as of now, it is simply an idea that I am working on.
I also know that John and Rob and I have been discussing another idea, [a kind of really cool idea] based on other people showing their ostomies. I won’t go into much detail yet, as I’m going to blog about it as a whole.. but I think it could be pretty cool.
Other than that, I am still looking for ideas on how to enhance Uncover Ostomy. A year later I think it deserves something fresh, something new, something exciting.
So I’m going to ask all of you. What do you wish Uncover Ostomy had? What do you wish I spoke about more? What would you change? We’re listening, so please tell us what you think!
I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has read my blogs, kept up with the fanpage, and told others about the site. Without your support, the ostomy could still have been that scary thing no one wants to talk about.
This is all because of you <3