Joanna Burgess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, is a full scope practicing WOC nurse working for WakeMed Health and Hospitals located in Cary, NC, where she facilitated the opening of their first outpatient ostomy clinic. Joanna’s contributions to WOC nursing include serving three years on the Society’s national ostomy committee where she helped develop the “Pediatric Ostomy Complications: Best Practice for Clinicians”. She has participated in content validation work for best practice guidelines developed through the Society and she contributed to the Wound Care Core Curriculum Textbook on the topic of lymphedema, which was published in June 2015. Joanna is a 51 year ostomate after being diagnosed with bladder cancer at the age of three. She was the 2011 National Great Comebacks recipient and has shared her story on a state, national and international level. She is honored to be a newly elected board member for the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) and chairs their newly formed advocacy committee.