Get ready for Week #2 of Why Not Wednesday!
To celebrate life’s beautiful detours, I’m featuring a lovely detourist every Why Not Wednesday.
Interested in being featured? Learn about the #lovemydetour deTOUR here.
You can even share a video! (Learn more about Joe Gray here!)
We’re all detourists. You can read here why I’m a detourist.
I’d like to introduce you to someone who has created a fundraiser for something very, VERY special – Something that helps people all over the world. All because of one detour.
My name is Robin and I am a detourist.
In February 2012, when I was sleeping more than I was awake and I was in the bathroom more than I was out, I ended up in the hospital. My family as well as the Doctors and Nurses that took care of me did many, many tests, spent hours talking to me about my choices and helped me come to the realization that I needed an ileostomy.
What’s an Ileostomy?
This is a surgery in which they would remove my colon.
The emotional roller-coaster that ensued was overwhelming. I had a couple of weeks to panic before the surgery. By the time I went in, I felt ready. But from the moment I woke up from surgery, there were more complications than anyone had expected.
Due to these complications, we had to get creative with the supplies. I am more than thankful for the best, most qualified nurse, Jan. She helped me navigate my supplies from the time I was changing it every HOUR to a second surgery and several months later when I was gratefully only changing it every three or four days. Even with the supplies handed to me, this was HARD. Without the supplies, I think it would have been nearly impossible, not to mention humiliating.
When I came to the understanding that other people don’t have access to supplies, I immediately knew that I had to do something significant to help. This is one of my steps- my third annual fundraiser! I would like to invite anyone in the area October 25th to attend this worthwhile fundraiser and everyone else to make a donation.
If you have supplies you no longer need you can send them to:
4018 Bishop Lane
Louisville, KY 40218.
If you would like to make a donation you can do so online at fowusa.org/donate or send a check to the above address marked ‘Fundraiser’ in the memo.
After my surgeries and all the time it took to recover I am happy to say I have my life back!!
I love my detour as I now have energy and I am not missing out on life because I have to sleep. I am able to do more than what I have to do to get by. I owe my life to my family, doctors, nurses and my ostomy!
That is why I #lovemydetour!
On a personal note, I know all too well how important these supplies are. As you’ll see from the Living With an Ostomy section on my site, I have an ostomy and it’s not always easy.
Definitely take a look at Friends Of Ostomates Worldwide’s site and see the amazing philanthropic things that FOW does.
I was honored to donate one of my Singing Tree Posters to FOW’s October Fundraiser. See how you can get involved here!
Ostomies or not, our lives all take unexpected detours one way or another. Now make it the most beautiful detour you can.
Robin, I think creating this amazing organization is truly what makes a detour beautiful. Helping other people through our own obstacles – that’s a detourist right there!
Thanks Robin, and to all my detourists out there – keep on traveling that road, even if you can’t see the beauty ahead…YET.