I was diagnosed with UC in 2006 and lost my large colon in 2007, Twelve surgeries and three years later I became a permanent ostomate. I have been heavily involved with ostomy support and advocacy in my local area as part of the WA Ostomy Association and recently have expanded this online with my new blog and social media presence as InsideOut Ostomy Life which focuses on living a full active happy healthy life with an ostomy bag. I discuss all thing ostomy and general life with a focus on exercise and information. I also advocate for mental health through removing the stigma associated with talking about it openly as I continue to personally struggle with this and infertility issues.
Erin is currently the president of the West Australian Ostomy Association. She has established both local and international support groups for ostomates, is the most recent winner of the convatec great come back awards, She has just started her blogging promoting a strong body and health positive message to encourage others hope — Peter
Erin has been to hell & back but during this journey she has been a life support for so many others going through the same hell, when she found Western Australia had no support groups she took it upon herself to start them & to give other ostomates support & advise. Erin is a inspiration to all that know her & is so deserving of this award. — Rae