Hi, I’m Alyssa! I have Crohn’s disease and a permanent ileostomy. My ostomy journey has brought me to meet a lot of new friends, and I love having video chats with my ‘gutsy’ friends! I have an artistic side and love writing letters, drawing, and painting. Believe it or not, I also enjoy hunting! Being a Patient Coach is important to me because I have been in the patient position. Someone was kind enough to coach me through ostomy life after surgery and it changed my life. As a Patient Coach, I want to be able to do that for others.