Hello, my name is Richard O’Hamill, and I am the president of the East Tennessee Ostomy Support Group.
A little about myself, I was diagnosed with indeterminate Crohn's Colitis Disease in 1999 at the age of 19. After battling the disease for over ten years, I underwent life-saving ileostomy surgery to remove my large intestine in 2008. After spending a few months recovering, I was eager to get get back to life, so I made connections with many other people with ostomies around the country and developed techniques and products to make life with an ostomy easier. In the last 10 years since my surgery, I’ve started a company, met and married my wife, learned to salsa dance, traveled around the country, and became a martial arts instructor. Now, my wife and I are expecting our first child in May 2018. My goal with this support group is to connect with others in this area, so we can learn from and support each other. If you are new to life with an ostomy, I hope to encourage you through this transition and give you hope that a full life after surgery is possible.
We understand that not everyone wants to actively participate in a support group meeting. There is no pressure to share or join in on discussions. You can simply listen to and learn from those who live with an ostomy and who have stories and tips to share.
You may have questions and topics that you do not feel comfortable bringing up at a meeting. Simply email or contact us about the topic, and we will add your question to our monthly discussion board. If you cannot make the meeting, we will send you a follow up with comments on and answers to your topic that are provided by the group.
Daily activities may be limited during your recovery after surgery. Join us for lifestyle tips and product recommendations to help you get back on your feet.
We address not only the physical challenges after surgery but the mental and emotional challenges as well. We're here to provide encouragement, emotional support, and advice based on our personal experiences.
Our members come from all walks and stages of life. Many of us have lived with an ostomy for quite some time, and we are happy to share our knowledge and experiences with you to help you manage your ostomy and get back to life.
Give us a call anytime or fill out the form above and we’ll contact you.
210 Oakland W Ave, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604, United States