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UOAA Ostomy Support Groups

Laura Cox, LPC
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
06/02/11  8:07 PM PST
Ostomy Support Groups

Ostomy support groups are a great way to educate yourself about how to live a full and meaningful life with your new ostomy. They’re also a great place to pick up tips and tricks on pouching techniques, how to avoid post-op complications, what type of diet may work for you, and much more!

Support groups are also a great way to form a community and decrease the feelings of being alone with you diagnosis and/or new ostomy. It is nice to feel understood and be able to relate to the stories being shared. Many people form life long friendships while attending support groups.

The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA)

The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) is a national network for bowel and urinary diversion support groups in the United States. Its goal is to provide a nonprofit association that will serve to unify and strengthen its member support groups, which are organized for the benefit of people who have, or will have intestinal or urinary diversions and their caregivers.

Web:    www.ostomy.org

Phone: 800.826.0826

Find Ostomy Support Groups in Your Area…

Click here for the UOAA List of Affiliated Support Groups

On www.ostomy.org, you can locate the UOAA support group closest to you. If you do not see in the following list a support group that is close to your location, please contact the UOAA office at 800.826.0826

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  1. Catherine Rogers
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 2:01 am PST

    Looking for an ostomy support group on the north side (not northern suburbs) of Chicago.

  2. Posted November 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm PST

    Hi Catherine,
    We recommend you check the United Ostomy Associations of America website for ostomy support groups in your area. Here’s a link to several Chicago-area support groups, as well as contact information for the groups: http://www.ostomy.org/supportgroups.shtml#ILLINOIS
    Thank you for asking, and have a great day!

  3. Posted January 21, 2018 at 9:43 am PST

    meet people with colostomie bags been pass 6 years since i nave the bag. my life change and friends few left .ofcourse im not the same

  4. Posted January 21, 2018 at 9:49 am PST

    im alone only my 3 kids in vegas and god make me strong. tomorrow .i will have my colonoscopy done.looking people like me to talk i believe will change my life im tired .thanks.God blees you all

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