Patient Leader


Oshawa, 08


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Eric is an advocate for those living with an ostomy. He provides consistent unbiased support for new and experienced people living with a fecal or urinary diversion. As a healthcare professional I know I can send patients to his site for factual, real information that will help support them as they adapt to their new lifestyle.

great tips, awesome reviews, positive spin on illness... great site, helps me a lot with my stoma.  — Leonardo

VeganOstomy works relentlessly to create wonderful content & reviews for the ostomy community. Not only does he provide support, he inspires and encourages others to reach their full potential. A passionate advocate that goes above & beyond.  — Victoria

Eric continues to be one of the most dedicated ostomy & IBD advocates on the Internet! His blog is an incredible resource that I’ve used for years! A real source of amazing information for people with IBD or a stoma, whether newly diagnosed/operated on, or ‘veterans’ like me!  — Thaila

Vegan Ostomy is a huge credit to the IBD community! This advocate is an all rounder covering product reviews, advice & diet by providing videos, hints, tips & tricks; you name it Vegan Ostomy has it covered. Bright, switched on & engaged he brings an invaluable dynamic to the world of IBD/ostomy advocacy & is a huge asset in the fight for awareness

Because of him people from all over the WORLD with an Ostomy are able to get extremely helpfu and insightful advice. Plus follow him step by step in his youtube videos whenever or wherever they please. He has helped me several times and I am in Australia. He like a stoma nurse in your pocket!  — Wendy

Eric has made a welcoming community across several different platforms. As a new ostomate in 2016 he inspired me to start my own YouTube. He puts out trustworthy videos, blogs, and posts that are helpful to many patients!

I have known Eric (of Vegan Ostomy fame) for quite some time and can honestly say that he is one of the most committed, passionate, giving and engaged IBD advocates out there. He constantly amazes me with the sheer quality, quantity and insight of articles, product reviews, support and information he provides. Thank for all your good work Eric.  — Stephen

VeganOstomy helps all people from all walks of life and all over the GLOBE. He is informative, insightful & helpful No matter where you are or what you do, you can get help, learn about products, get educated from this man. AMAZING!!

Eric has created a community across several platforms that is welcoming and educational. He helped me in 2016 when I first had my colectomy. He inspired me to start my own YouTube channel. He provides trustworthy information on all of his platforms that is helpful to all kinds of Ostomates.  — Amber

Eric has lots of information that he shares with other ostomates and those waiting for colorectal surgery. He is compassionate and answer all emails. And he shares delicious, healthy recipes!  — Inge

A great source of advice and reviews for all ostomates, and really a life saver for new ostomates!  — Stacy

When I was down in the dumps due to the prospect of having an ilieostomy, I only seemed to find negative attitudes on a lot of forums. I discovered Veganostomy on YouTube and things started looking up for me. His videos are well edited (ie very watchable) and his attitude and enthusiasm I found contagious. It was a recipe I needed at that time.  — Chris

Eric's blog is a wealth of information for ostomates. From product reviews to tips & tricks to life in general living with an ostomy he covers it all.  — Ryan

Vegan Ostomy has a range of engaging videos that are factual, informative, interesting and fun. I especially like his ostomy product reviews. When talking about ostomies, a picture or video can be worth a thousand words!

Eric spends so much time and effort in making the best information hub for ostomates out there. He is continuously helping others and showing that ostomies can improve people’s quality of life.  — Megan

Vegan Ostomy has a range of engaging videos on all sorts of topics that are informative, factual, interesting and fun! I especially like the product reviews. Sometimes when it comes to ostomies, a picture or a video can be worth a thousand words!

Eric shares so much of his personal issues with this disease with those of us with many of the same issues. If you have a question, he always responds. I rely on him for his reviews of ostomy products. They are always clear, unbiased reviews based on his actual usage as an ostomate. He is a true hero and deserves to be recognized for his effort  — Valerie


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