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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!

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
Flu Season with an Ostomy Video

Surviving Flu Season with an Ostomy Video

In this Surviving Flu Season with an Ostomy video, Laura Cox talks about the best ways to stay hydrated when you're sick, and how to avoid getting sick.

Aimee Sharp

Taking a Sick Day When Chronically Ill

The Spoon Theory explains to people living without chronic illness what it's like managing your valuable energy everyday.

Kelsey Scarborough
Outing After Ostomy Surgery

Your First Outing After Ostomy Surgery Video

In this video, our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, discusses tips to make sure your first outing after ostomy surgery is pleasant and easy.

Aimee Sharp
Flu Season with an Ostomy

Surviving Flu Season with an Ostomy

As the weather gets colder, flu season is once again upon us! We have a long stretch between first...

Laura Cox

Tips and Tricks to Avoid Ostomy Pancaking

A common issue ostomates face is pancaking. Our OstomyLife Co-Moderator Kelsey Scarborough has compiled this troubleshooting guide based on her experience.

Kelsey Scarborough
How to Enjoy Thanksgiving with an Ostomy

How to Enjoy Thanksgiving with an Ostomy

I was nervous for my first Thanksgiving with an ostomy, but over the years I have developed some survival techniques to succesfully enjoy dinner.

Kelsey Scarborough

I’d Never Trade My Diagnosis For a Clean Bill of Health

Ulcerative colitis and ostomy surgery completely changed me. It changed my very nature. In a way ostomy surgery corrected my path.

Kelsey Scarborough

Ostomy Products: Finding What Works Best For You

I went into surgery eager to get to the other side because I was desperate to feel better. I didn’t even consider what ostomy pouching system to wear.

Kelsey Scarborough
Shopping for a Doctor

Shopping for a Doctor

Shopping for a doctor can be a pain, but it can be necessary when you do not feel cared for by your current team. Laura Cox shares her tips.

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...