Molly Atwater

Ostomy Blogger/ Public Speaker
Ashburn, Virginia

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Meet Molly

Molly has been an ostomate since 2017 when she underwent ileostomy surgery at the age of 22. She has Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, a variant of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome that affects the body’s collagen, and that condition caused chronic constipation that could be solved only through surgery.

Around the time she underwent surgery, she decided to start a social media account to document her experiences and stop the stigma towards ostomies and gastrointestinal conditions. Her account, MollyOllyOstomy, now has more than 20,000 followers and tries to help others facing medical challenges of their own embrace their new normal. She believes in advocating for the ostomy community, particularly for her fellow young adult ostomates which led to her decision to join the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) as their Director of Young Ostomate Outreach. When she’s not “going everywhere and doing everything” with her Stealth Belt, you’ll find her belting out songs in the car, doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, and hanging out with her husband and their adorable dog.

Interests/ Involvement

  • UOAA Director of Young Ostomate Outreach
  • Blogging about her chronic illnesses and ostomy-(@mollyollyostomy)
  • Exercise
  • Musicals
  • Crafting