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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!


How to Enjoy Thanksgiving with an Ostomy

I was nervous for my first Thanksgiving with an ostomy, but over the years I have developed some survival techniques to succesfully enjoy dinner.

Kelsey Scarborough

I’d Never Trade My Diagnosis For a Clean Bill of Health

Ulcerative colitis and ostomy surgery completely changed me. It changed my very nature. In a way ostomy surgery corrected my path.

Kelsey Scarborough

Ostomy Products: Finding What Works Best For You

I went into surgery eager to get to the other side because I was desperate to feel better. I didn’t even consider what ostomy pouching system to wear.

Kelsey Scarborough
Shopping for a Doctor

Shopping for a Doctor

Shopping for a doctor can be a pain, but it can be necessary when you do not feel cared for by your current team. Laura Cox shares her tips.

Aimee Sharp

My Story of Becoming an Ostomate

While the answers to common questions may be helpful for new ostomates, it leaves out important things that people may need to hear.

Kelsey Scarborough

Will My Friends Still Like Me After Ostomy Surgery?

Having ostomy surgery is scary for many reasons. It creates this new lifestyle that you must adapt to. For some, this is a welcomed change.

Kelsey Scarborough

World Ostomy Day 2018

October 6th is World Ostomy Day – a day dedicated to improving rehabilitation of ostomates worldwide by educating the global community on their needs and aspirations.

Sarah Herrera
OstomyLife Community

Meet Your OstomyLife Community

Our OstomyLife Community is expanding all the time! We now have a Co-Moderator in addition to our Lifestyle Specialist. Come meet our community members!

Aimee Sharp
Advice for Ostomy Nurses

Advice for Ostomy Nurses from Ostomates

This article about how advice for ostomy nurses is one in a series that make up the transcript of our OstomyLife Roundtable Discussion Panel from WOCN 2018.

Aimee Sharp
Eric Polsinelli

Video: OstomyLife Interview with Eric Polsinelli

In this video, Laura Cox conducts an interview with Eric Polsinelli, who has an ileostomy. They dicuss Eric's life before and after surgery.

Aimee Sharp
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...