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From the Founder

Happy 2015! The start of a New Year is always a great time to review, recollect and revise. It’s nice to look back; then it’s good to look forward. As I do, I’m challenged to consider my perspective on life, events and relationships, specifically thinking about where I’d like to be for 2015.

And here’s a news flash—I’ve decided I don’t have to be perfect! Although I want to live each moment “in the present,” I know I will fail. I will struggle and I will not attain everything I set out to attain. And you know what? That’s okay. By this point in my life, I’ve realized that the pressure to perform is too much to bear. For 2015, I’m going to ease up on my own expectations!

I’ve also been thinking about my place in the world, and how the people I meet and the connections I make affect that place.

This issue of the newsletter is all about sharing our experiences and how, in sharing, we make connections. I have found that when I’m honest and authentic with those around me—either about my ostomy, my health or whatever else is going on in my life—a connection is forged. That sharing breeds more sharing, and thus, a bond is formed. Those bonds, like a chain, are hard to break and in that, a support system is built.

As this New Year starts, I challenge you to look at things in a new way. Maybe you need to change your perspective on your situation. Maybe you need to reach out to others, share a little bit of yourself and see what happens. I hope when you read the following stories you’ll be encouraged by each one’s honesty, authenticity and journey.

Happy New Year!

All my best,

Lisa