me+™ Community Profiles
We believe living with a stoma should be fulfilling and complete – whether you’d like to run a 5K, or simply get back out with your friends. And we know that no two people live with a stoma in quite the same way. The me+™ Community highlights the stories of people living with a stoma doing the things they love.
A life-long educator, Walt Brilhart has always taken care of others – as a teacher, principal, executive director and associate superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools. When he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 38, Walt needed someone to take care of him. His wife, Lallah, and three sons supported him through full proctocolectomy surgery, but afterwards, he felt devastated.Inspired by the stories of others living with an ostomy, Walt was encouraged to recover. Soon, he was back “on the course,” coaching students, playing the keyboard at church and golfing several times a week.
Meghan Tierney Hultman
UK me+™ Community
Lawrence "Dutch" Keen
Linda Pasto, RN
Dana Marie Gatziolis
Living with an Ileostomy since 2010