On October 7th at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society New England Regional (NER) Conference in Danvers, MA, just north of Boston, Great Comebacks® honored our 2010 East Region recipient, Linda Pasto.
A registered nurse from Ithaca, NY, Linda was introduced to the nurses attending the conference by Rolf. Speaking during the conference’s opening day program, Linda shared her comeback story, the emotional struggle she faced after surgery and how she drew inspiration from her UOAA support group to come out of her depression, appreciate the gifts of life, get healthy and give back to others through her chosen profession.
On receiving her award, Linda remarked, “I want to offer to everyone that life is a gift and you should live that way each day. I share with anyone and everyone how beautiful life is after having an ostomy. All the things that used to irritate me now are just insignificant. I really do stop to smell the roses, feel the sunshine and even enjoy the feeling of rain on my face. So, slow down, appreciate what you have and change the world one person at a time. ”
New York Representative Michael Arcuri and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand added to the congratulations for Linda with letters of commendation.
ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies that have helped improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. With four key focus areas – Ostomy Care, Wound Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care, and Infusion Devices – ConvaTec products support health care professionals from the hospital to the community health setting. For more information, please visit www.ConvaTec.com.
About the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society
The WOCN Society is a professional nursing society that promotes educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Membership includes more 4,700 healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence. For more information, please visit www.WOCN.org.