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

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
04/26/18  11:18 AM PST

In this first part of a two-part series, Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, interviews her parents about having a child with an ostomy. She asks about their experiences as her caregivers during her diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and her subsequent ostomy surgery.

Laura’s questions for her parents include:

  • What was it like having your child diagnosed with an incurable illness?
  • As a parent, did you feel alone? How did you cope?
  • Did you know what an ostomy was before I needed one?
  • What thoughts and feelings did you have before ostomy surgery? Did they change after?
  • What was it like seeing your daughter’s stoma for the first time?

For more information, see related articles and resources here:

You can also find local support groups by visiting the United Ostomy Association here.

Serving Medicare Ostomates Nationwide
My family and I are taking a road trip. I wanted to know what accessories should be used when starting to drive or ride in a car. Should I use something to cover the stoma?
Great question! It all depends on if the seat belt is coming in contact with your stoma.
If the seat belt does not come in contact with your stoma, no additional accessories are needed. If the seat belt does come in contact, you can use a stoma guard or a seat belt cover to protect the stoma

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