North Sound Ostomy was founded in April 2021 by a group of current and past ostomates, caregivers, and their families.

The support group is open to all, has no membership dues or requirements other than to be interested in the goals of the United Ostomy Association of America — to support, empower and advocate for people who have had or will have ostomy or continent diversion surgery.


Sue Davis

Sue slowly developed an auto-immune disorder that was destroying the function of her large intestine. After numerous embarrassing mishaps, her physician suggested she try an ileostomy. Life is so much nicer and more predictable now.

John & Robin Leaden

John got his urostomy in 2011, as a result of damage from radiation for prostate cancer. The radiation scar tissue closed off his urinary canal, and he finally developed a fistula and infection that required infused antibiotics. John and Robin have been married for 32 years.

Jim Morgan

Jim is retired from Boeing and still enjoys flying his own plane. He's had an ostomy since 1 day old. Not wanting to be outdone he has both a colostomy and a urostomy.

Kevin & Chris Mullen

Chris was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2014 and received a temporary colostomy. In 2015, she had additional surgery to remove a rectal tumor at which time her colostomy became permanent. Kevin and Chris have been married for 39 years.

Erik & Vicki Thauvin

Erik was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2016 and given an ileostomy to allow his "colon to rest." Unfortunately, his prolapsed stoma became incarcerated and he had to be reconnected. Erik and Vicki have been together for over 30 years and married for over 20.