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Welcome to the OstomyLife Community! Meet Laura Cox, Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, and explore our library of helpful resources. Here you can find accessible and accurate information about living a happy, healthy and full life with an ostomy. We hope you enjoy our community and find it informational and supportive!

We’re here for you, from before your surgery is even on the calendar to long after your wounds heal. Here you can learn more about your surgery, and find tips on what you can do to recover more quickly – and get back to the life that’s waiting for you.

Whether you’ve been living with your ostomy for weeks, years, or even decades, there’s always something new to learn. From skin care and sleeping tips to talking to family and friends, there’s information for everyone with a stoma, colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy. Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Ask Laura!

From interviews to how-to’s, some things are best explained in person. Watch these videos for great tips from Laura and our clinical team, who cover topics in a clear and concise way – not to mention fun!

ostomate nurse pandemic

Being a Nurse and an Ostomate Amidst a Pandemic

Learn more about the precautions Kelsey Scarborough is taking during the COVID-19 pandemic as a nurse and an ostomate with an autoimmune IBD.

Kelsey Scarborough

Coronavirus Effects on the Ostomy Community

The ostomy community is concerned about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting their daily lives, health, support networks and access to ostomy supplies.

Shield HealthCare News Team
Tosh.0 Laura Cox

Laura Cox on TOSH.0: Where Are They Now?

Watch Laura Cox, Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, in her most recent...

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS

‘Telling My Boss About My Invisible Condition Was One of the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made’

After telling her boss about her invisible condition, Crohn's disease, Britany Risher got the suport she needed to help her thrive in her career.

Shield HealthCare News Team
ileostomy output

Slowing Down Ileostomy Output

Learn more about slowing down ileostomy output to avoid dehydration and other concerns as well as causes and treatment options that cover all bases.

Anita Prinz, RN, MSN, CWOCN, WCC
marathon runner

World Marathon Challenge: Around the World in 7 Days for Ostomy Awareness

Jonathan Negretti, an ostomate who will run around the world in seven days to raise ostomy awareness, talks about his life, mission, ostomy and goals.

Laura Cox
colostomy irrigation

Irrigation: A Colostomy Management Option

If you have a sigmoid or end colostomy, you can be free from the ostomy pouch if you are willing and able to learn the process of colostomy irrigation.

Anita Prinz, RN, MSN, CWOCN, WCC
Ostomy Care Challenges: Obesity, Hernias, Skin Issues and More Recorded Webinar

Video: Ostomy Care Challenges – Obesity, Hernias, Skin Issues and More (Recorded Webinar)

In this recorded webinar, we identified solutions for moist skin, skin folds, pouching over irregular skin contours when managing obesity or hernias.

Danny Nguyen
skin barrier

Key Ostomy Products You Should Know About

Ostomy product technology has improved significantly in the last decade. With many available options, here are some highlights about key product types.

Laura Cox
crusting

Crusting: 3 Steps to Treat Peristomal Skin Irritation

Healthy skin around your stoma is essential for creating a good seal and preventing leaks. Learn how "crusting" can help protect and heal peristomal skin.

Kelsey Scarborough
Serving Medicare Ostomates Nationwide
Dear Laura, I wear a two piece ostomy bag. I need help with concealing an ostomy bag. When I move around my shirt hikes up and the tip of the bag peeks out from under my shirt.
Tom
Hi Tom, I have a few suggestions that may help!
 
First, I'm wondering if a stealth belt would be a good option for you. This is a black belt that you can conveniently tuck your pouch...