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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!

Music Festivals with an Ostomy

Wild and Free with an Ostomy: Music Festivals / Camping / Concert – Tips and Tricks

Every year I attend a music festival in New York. This was my fourth year and it occurred to me that I have figured out the how-tos of festival camping and activities with an ostomy. Read my advice about how to attend music festivals with an ostomy.

Kelsey Scarborough
Ostomy Surgery

Making the Decision: Ostomy Surgery

This article about how ostomates decided on ostomy surgery is one in a series that make up the transcript of our OstomyLife Roundtable Discussion Panel at the WOCN Annual Conference 2018. Hosted by Laura Cox.

Aimee Sharp
WOCN Conference

Eric from Vegan Ostomy: My Trip to the WOCN Conference 2018!

Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, attended the annual WOCN...

Aimee Sharp
Before Ostomy Surgery

Video: 6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Ostomy Surgery

In this video, Laura Cox, our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, talks about what she wishes someone had told her before ostomy surgery. She doesn't regret the surgery, and she appreciates her current quality of life -- but she does wish she'd had a little better grasp of what her future held.

Aimee Sharp
Dressing with an Ostomy

Ostomy Hacks: Dressing with an Ostomy

Our OstomyLife co-moderator Kelsey Scarborough shows you her favorite hacks for dressing with an ostomy - with photos! - in this article.

Kelsey Scarborough
Having a Child with a Stoma

Parents to Parents – Having a Child with an Ostomy Video: Part 2

In this video, our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist interviews her parents. Moms and dads will find helpful advice about having a child with a stoma.

Aimee Sharp
Ostomy Skin Issues

Ostomy Skin Issues: Your Solutions

At Shield HealthCare, we know a lot about ostomy skin issues, but you don't have to take our word for it! Read these great suggestions from our community.

Aimee Sharp
Having a Child with an Ostomy

Parents to Parents – Having a Child with an Ostomy Video: Part 1

In this video, our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist interviews her parents. Moms and dads will find helpful advice about having a child with an ostomy.

Aimee Sharp
natural disaster preparation and living with an ostomy

Natural Disaster Preparation and Living with an Ostomy

Find useful tips for natural disaster preparation and living with an ostomy, including what to keep in an emergency evacuation bag.

Laura Cox
Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Living with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

At 10, Caroline was diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). In this interview, she writes about her surgery, recovery and daily life.

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...