How did you learn about Girls With Guts?

I was sent to the Mayo Clinic in MN for surgery. I was in the waiting room of one of the many appointments you have there before surgery. A young woman was speaking to another woman about a group she found good advice in about her condition. I found our community by chance.

Why did you decide to volunteer with Girls With Guts?

I was a mess after 25+ surgeries back to back.( Surgery 53 coming next month) I needed help and between ostomy/ IBD support groups and a therapist I was able to find the new me. I needed to pass on my knowledge and give support to others. I started volunteering at the hospitals near me to counsil those about to begin their ostomy journey. I help run an in person support group for people with ostomies at our local community center. I give advice and help others in online support groups. When this opportunity come up I was so excited to join a team of women that want to help others accept who we are and work to better our community.

When you are not volunteering with Girls With Guts what do you do with your time?

I participate in multiple activities! First of all, I am a full time wife and mother. My husband and I own a Towing and Trucking company. I enjoy cooking, baking, and trying new kitchen gadgets! I am an avid reader of several different genres of new and classic literature. I have two fur babies and my family and I love taking them to explore the great outdoors. I am a Christian and volunteer in my church regularly. I volunteer at my daughters school by taking part in the PTO, Band Boosters, and I occasionally sub. Lastly, I am an adrenaline junkie. I bungee jump, ride roller coasters, scuba dive, skydive, and love haunted houses.

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