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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!

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: 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
J-pouch surgery

J-Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis

J-pouches are commonly used in the treatment of the IBD disease, ulcerative colitis, when medication management is not available.

Kelsey Scarborough
When Your Stoma Makes Noise

When Your Stoma Makes Noise

I wish I could offer one solid solution to gas noise, but managing stoma noise is a constant battle for those with a stoma. Here are some tips!

Kelsey Scarborough
Concerns with an Ostomy

Video: Clinical and Lifestyle Concerns with an Ostomy Recorded Webinar

From stomal complications to skin care tips and Dx self-management, we cover the most common clinical and lifestyle concerns with an ostomy. In this FREE webinar, we also cover post-discharge ostomy resources, peristomal skin care, ostomy products for swimming and athletics that extend wear time and more.

Danny Nguyen
Ostomy Pouch Leaks

Ostomy Pouch Leaks

Leaks … *sigh*. If there is one thing that makes many people hate their stoma, it’s leaking. Read tips that can help you limit pouch leaking.

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.
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...