Courage Takes Guts

Lois Fink Speaker

Lois Fink is an international, inspirational speaker and writer who brings a message of courage, strength, and determination, in the face of the challenges she has conquered.  At age 17, Lois was diagnosed with Crohn's disease after being ill for nearly two years.  Over the years she learned valuable lessons and was inspired by individuals as she traveled the uneven path to better health.  Lois discovered we can all learn about ourselves from challenging life events and emerge stronger.

Over the years Lois has appeared on television and radio, had her story, “The Four Toughest Words” featured in the book Great Comebacks From Ostomy Surgery, compiled by Rolf Benirschke, conducted workshops for a medical supply company, spoken to medical and nursing students, presented at regional and national conferences, and worked with her state representative to enact needed legislation.  Along the way, Lois found herself becoming a patient advocate for the IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and ostomy community, worked with the media for increased positive coverage for those with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and individuals who have gone through ostomy surgery.   She also put her pen to paper and has written numerous articles which have appeared in local newspapers and books.

Lois enjoys interacting with her audience, sharing her story in a way they can relate.  Her only requirement  is that they ask questions, no matter if they think it might be too personal.  She doesn't wear waterproof mascara and tells her audience, “ I cry easily and if you don't ask questions, I”ll end up looking like a raccoon!”  Lois feels if sharing what she's learned along the way helps others, what she experienced will then have meaning and purpose. 

Some of the gems she shares include finding humor in what she was dealing with by envisioning arm wrestling an 80 year-old woman for a vacant bathroom stall, not having a developed chest to hold up a strapless prom dress, and the advantages of having an ostomy by reducing her “poop print” instead of the oft touted carbon foot print!   Audiences can relate to her talks and at the conclusion feel engaged, entertained, and enlightened.

Speaking Engagemets:

• All in for Ostomy Town Hall, Libertyville IL
• Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) Tucson Affiliate 
• United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA), Phoenix Chapter
• Society of GI Nurses & Associates (SGNA) Annual Conference, Closing Speaker
• Ostomy Canada Society, Bertha Okum Lectureship, Keynote Speaker
• Ottawa University, Presenter with Joanna Burgess, CWOC Nurse
• University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Center, First Year Medical Students
• University of Washington, School of Nursing/Continuing Education, Medical/Surgical Conference, Seattle, WA
• University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Center, First Year Medical Students
• Aspen Club, Fort Collins, Colorado
• Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) Rocky Mountain Chapter
• Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) 45th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA 
   Co-Presenter with Joanna Burgess, Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence (CW)C) Nurse

© Lois Fink 2019