Sunday, April 24, 2022

Ostomy Academy: Leaks, Tweaks and Peeks

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 3 pm PT

Join host Brenda Elsagher for the next Ostomy Academy featuring guest Joy Hooper RN, BSN, CWOCN, who will address how to prevent leaks and give you a peek at products that may help you find the fit you need. The second featured speaker will be Joshua Nelson, the first active-duty U.S. Airforce Pilot living with an ileostomy. He will talk about his story, his regular fitness routine, and how he deals with possible leaks. Brenda will then be joined by fellow UOAA Board Member and ostomate Steve Vandevender will talk more about those Leaks, Tweaks and Peaks and the types of products that work best for their unique needs. UOAA’s Director of Young Ostomate Outreach, Molly Atwater-Pulisic will wrap things up with a mental health moment. Ostomy Academy – Education for Every Ostomate is Presented by UOAA and Powered by 11 Health. Sign-up for more information.

Ostomy Academy quarterly online educational seminar to bring trusted and comprehensive ostomy information to all members of the ostomy community. Top experts, medical professionals, and experienced ostomates will focus on a new series of quality of life topics in each presentation with special attention given to emotional well-being strategies.


Joy Hooper is certified ostomy nurse from South Georgia. She has been certified in wound, ostomy, & continence care for over 20 years and has practiced in a variety of healthcare settings. Her passion for teaching ostomy management prompted her to create and later patent, the first ostomy teaching tool designed especially for nurses, the Anatomical Apron. Joy opened a small ostomy clinic in 2008 where she provides education, and collects ostomy supplies to reissue to those in need of products. In 2010 she launched the South Georgia Ostomy Support Group in Moultrie Georgia and began participating in annual trips to Capitol Hill to advocate for digestive diseases, improved access to diagnostic procedures, and to provide insight into ostomy management. Joy is a clinical instructor for national certification courses in wound care and ostomy care with Relias Wound Care and was voted the UOAA 2019 WOCN of the Year.


At the age of 37, Joshua Nelson was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ulcerative Colitis in November 2017. Within one year, he was evaluated by Inflammatory Bowel Disease experts from Rochester Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota Medical Center due to his deteriorating condition. He was elevated to biologics and combination therapies in an effort to manage his Ulcerative Colitis. After failing maximum medical therapies, it was determined to surgically remove his colon in November 2018 at the age of 38. In February 2019, the final surgery was completed making his ileostomy permanent. Since the decision to remove is colon, his health has returned, requires zero medication, no specialized diet, and no further complications from Ulcerative Colitis. On a side note, he is the first documented case of continued flight status as an Air Force Pilot. He is a member of the United Ostomy Association of America, Ostomy Association of the Minneapolis Area and Crohn’s Colitis Foundation.