Organized by: Joyce Gorman
Keagan has been living with Crohn's Disease for close to 10 years now. She was diagnosed when she was 15 years old, but had been experiencing symptoms since age eight. Two weeks after diagnosis she underwent her first ostomy surgery. Due to the amount of disease she had and the surgeon's discovery of her perforated colon, she didn't leave the hospital for eight months, and within the first year of diagnosis underwent a total of seven abdominal surgeries, all resulting in either a colostomy or ileostomy.
Ostomy surgery effects a person physically, emotionally, and socially and Keagan has come a very long way since the first few years after diagnosis and initial surgeries, but the journey has not ended. Living with a chronic illness is an ongoing battle of hospital visits, invasive treatments and tests, toxic medications, surgeries and inevitable complications.
Despite this exhausted routine and the overwhelming amount of medical bills Keagan's still manages to keep smiling and moving forward. Her goal is to demystify the stigma attached to what an ostomy is by raising awareness and reminding the public that this is something that saves lives. She regularly visit hospitals, conferences, and speaks with clinicians to share her life journey and personal experiences of what it is like living with a chronic illness and as an ostomate in the efforts to promote patient advocacy to the forefront for those living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and to make the desperate need for a cure known.
This page was created to help Keagan pay off medical bills that have built up over the last 10 years. Any contribution you can make will play a major part in helping her thrive as well as continue to be such an important part of her community.