The Ostomy Association of Boston began in 1952 when 9 women who had undergone ileostomy surgery met to help each other to learn to live with it. In those days, doctors would fit patients with an appliance and then send him or her home to figure out how to cope. There were no enterostomal therapists. No nurses specialized in enterostomal care. Through the pioneering efforts of those ten women who helped each other, OAB grew, began to include men; and the field of enterostomal therapy was born. OAB’s mission then, as it is now, is for those who have been through the adjustment to this often life-saving surgery, to help others by encouragement, support, and information.