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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!

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
Interview with Kelsey Scarborough

Video: OstomyLife Interview with Kelsey Scarborough

In this video, Laura Cox conducts an interview with Kelsey Scarborough, who has a colostomy. They dicuss Kelsey's life before and after surgery.

Aimee Sharp
Saleem Juma

OstomyLife Community Member Spotlight: Saleem Juma

Saleem Juma reached out to the OstomyLife community through our Facebook page and wanted to know if...

Saleem Juma
Ostomy Care

Recorded Webinar: Ostomy Buzz – The Latest in Ostomy Management

Watch this recorded webinar: Join us for the latest breaking Ostomy care news: what’s new since last year, what’s hot, and what new tools are out there.

Danny Nguyen
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.

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
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...