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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!

OstomyLife Community

Featured OstomyLife Community Members Wanted

Our OstomyLife community has been growing rapidly! We want to get to know our amazing community members! Send us your story so we can share your stories!

Laura Cox
Ileoscopy Experience

Ileoscopy | Experience

At some point in an ostomate's life, they will probably need to get a scope procedure. Since a colonoscopy is no longer an option, we get an ileoscopy.

Laura Cox
Child’s Ostomy Surgery

Video: How to Prepare for Your Child’s Ostomy Surgery

In this video, our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, gives tips about how to prepare for your child's ostomy surgery.

Aimee Sharp
OstomyLife Community Spotlight

OstomyLife Community Spotlight | Melissa Marshall

We want to share the stories of our amazing community members! Melissa was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. When cancer free she founded a non-profit.

Laura Cox
what is an ostomy

Video: What Is An Ostomy?

In this video, our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, answers the question: what is an ostomy? She talks about surgery, recovery and more.

Aimee Sharp
Invisible Illness

Living with Invisible Illness | A Personal Story

Laura Cox discusses the difficulties of living with an invisible illness from her perspective. She shares thoughts about looking fine, but not being fine.

Laura Cox
Ostomy Surgery for Men

Video: Ostomy Surgery for Men

Because ostomy surgery takes place very close to the prostate, ostomy surgery for men means different considerations than for women. Learn more.

Aimee Sharp
Lois Fink

Trust Your Gut: Interview with Author and Advocate Lois Fink

Lois Fink, internationally-renowned motivational speaker, recently published her memoir, Courage...

Aimee Sharp
Medicare Ostomy

Medicare Patients’ Go-To Solution for Ostomy Supplies and Lifestyle Resources

Watch this video to hear our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist discuss why she came to partner with Shield and how together we can help medicare ostomy patients.

John Maynard
Child’s Stoma

When You First See Your Child’s Stoma

Here are some ways you can prepare yourself to see your child’s stoma and react positively - which is how doctors and nurses recommend you react.

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 ...