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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!

Swimming Ostomy

Tips for Swimming With an Ostomy – More Security | Ask Laura

In this Ask Laura, a daughter asks how her 89-year-old mother who recently had ostomy surgery can have more security in the pool .

Laura Cox
ostomy concerns

I Don’t Want an Ostomy Bag – Top Concerns for Those Facing Ostomy Surgery

No one wants an ostomy bag. But Laura has one, and it hasn't stopped her from living & enjoying her life. Watch these top ostomy concerns get blown away.

Aimee Sharp
work after ostomy surgery

Going Back to Work After Ostomy Surgery

Tips on how to make your transition back to work after ostomy surgery as easy as possible and what to talk to your boss about.

Laura Cox
What to expect at an ostomy support group

What to Expect at an Ostomy Support Group

In this article, we talk about what to expect at an ostomy support group and how to find a local ostomy support group near you.

Laura Cox
Ostomy Pancaking

Ostomy Pancaking | Ask Laura

Shield HealthCare's Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, answers frequently asked question about ways to avoid ostomy pancaking.

Laura Cox
Ostomy Terms

Ostomy Terms Explained | Ostomy Glossary

New ostomy terminology can feel overwhelming! We've put together an alphabetic ostomy glossary in order to explain these ostomy terms.

Laura Cox
Body Image With an Ostomy

Video: Body Image With an Ostomy

Shield HealthCare's Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, discusses different aspects of body image with an ostomy, including age, dating and more.

Laura Cox
Overview of the GI Tract

Overview of the GI Tract Before and After Ostomy Surgery

In this article, we look at an overview of the GI Tract before and after ostomy surgery. We also look at the different diversions and the location of stomas

Laura Cox
Shield HealthCare Ostomy Customer

Thank You from a Shield HealthCare Ostomy Customer

A Shield HealthCare ostomy customer called in to thank us for the prompt delivery of their supplies and for the support and information we provide.

Aimee Sharp
When to Contact Your Doctor

When to Contact Your Doctor With Stoma Complications or Peristomal Skin Issues

It’s important to know what your healthy stoma and peristomal skin look like. There are some symptoms to watch for. Find a list for each in this article.

Laura Cox
Serving Medicare Ostomates Nationwide
My 89-year-old mother loves to swim but she has found that the pouch fills with water when she gets into the pool. What can we do to fix this?
Cathy
We recently had someone reach out to our Facebook community with a similar question, and several of our OstomyLife community members responded with their own advice.
 
Hopefully you and your mother will find their answers helpful ...