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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!

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

If you would like to receive a CE Contact Hour for watching this webinar, first head over to the...

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
Child’s Ostomy Surgery

What You Can Expect After Your Child’s Ostomy Surgery

When your child comes out of ostomy surgery, they will need your support. Here is what you can...

Laura Cox
About Ostomies

Educate Yourself About Ostomies

Whether you have an ostomy, are considering surgery in the future, or know someone with one, it is important to educate yourself about ostomies.

Kelsey Scarborough

Ostomy Tips: Ballooning

Ballooning, when used in terms of ostomies, it is used to refer to an ostomy bag that is puffed up (like a blown-up balloon) due to gas.

Kelsey Scarborough
Emotions with an Ostomy

Your Emotions with an Ostomy

Ostomy surgery may be the biggest emotional flood a person has ever experienced. From the initial...

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...