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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!

Colostomy Surgery

Colostomy Surgery and Recovery Story

In this article, our OstomyLife co-moderator Kelsey Scarborough describes both her colostomy surgery and her recovery from it.

Kelsey Scarborough
Mental Health

Mental Health with an Ostomy

Shield HealthCare's Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, discusses the mental health challenges she faced before and after surgery.

Aimee Sharp
Kelsey Scarborough

Meet Our New OstomyLife Co-Moderator: Kelsey Scarborough

Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey Scarborough. I live on the East Coast and I’ve been a...

Kelsey Scarborough
Ostomy Appliance

Recorded Webinar: Ostomy Appliances

Watch this recorded webinar - Adapting to life with an ostomy is helped by choosing the right appliance. Here, we look at choosing the right ostomy products

Danny Nguyen
ostomy surgery

6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Ostomy Surgery

Shield HealthCare's Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist shares things she wishes someone told her before undergoing ostomy surgery.

Laura Cox
Concealing an Ostomy Bag

Concealing an Ostomy Bag | Ask Laura

Shield HealthCare's Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist offers suggestions to a man who wants help concealing an ostomy bag when his shirt rides up.

Laura Cox
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
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 ostomy in to. It requires you to turn your ostomy pouch 45 degrees...