OstomyLife Community

Meet Your OstomyLife Community

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
09/20/18  3:13 PM PST
OstomyLife Community

Our OstomyLife community began with just one person: Laura Cox. We brought her onto our team in 2014 after viewing her videos on YouTube, which she began making shortly after her ileostomy surgery in 2011. From there, Laura introduced us to people who had reached out to her, people she was influenced by and ostomates who had an online presence. We’re so happy to be constantly expanding our community! In 2018, we brought on our OstomyLife co-moderator, Kelsey Scarborough, to help us get more perspectives, and to make sure we were serving our colostomate community. We also have a close relationships with Eric Polsinelli of Vegan Ostomy, Brian Greenberg of The Intense Intestines Foundation and Bret Cromer, of the United Ostomy Association of America and Youth Rally, all of whom participated in our OstomyLife Roundtable Webinar.

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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...



  1. Lori U.
    Posted December 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm PST

    This applies to all the websites I have looked at that sell products. None of them show models with actual ostomies. I would like to see how products look on people with appliances. I would bet there are others that feel like I do.

  2. Aimee Sharp
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 12:34 pm PST

    Hi Lori. Thanks for your comment. We do have a video called “How to Change Your Ostomy Pouch” where Laura shows the whole process of a bag change, including how the appliance looks on her. Is there any specific question you have? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do. Thanks! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

  3. Cindy D.
    Posted March 6, 2019 at 9:26 am PST

    I am in the process of having surgery, I am reading everything I can find..I am so nervous about oder and leaks, I am becoming overwhelmed, please guide me to what I should stick to reading…

  4. Aimee Sharp
    Posted March 6, 2019 at 3:26 pm PST

    Hi Cindy! You’ve come to the right place! We have lots of information about preparing yourself for surgery. You can find a lot of information in our Before Surgery section of our community. In addition, I would recommend the video that Laura made, “I Don’t Want an Ostomy Bag – Top Concerns for Those Facing Ostomy Surgery.” In there, she address leaks, among other pressing concerns. As for odor, you can read more about management here: Odor Management with an Ostomy. Leaks are usually caused by an ill-fitting appliance, or leaving the appliance on too long. They are, unfortunately, a fact of life — Laura has had her pouch for over seven years now, and still experiences leaks about once a year. The best you can do is be prepared – keeping your supplies with you at all times. You can learn more about leaks and how to prevent them in this section of one of our ostomy recorded webinars, Difficulty Getting a Good Seal. If you have any specific questions, or just want to see what others are posting, you can visit our OstomyLife Facebook page. And, we have an upcoming webinar on March 26th called Clinical and Lifestyle Concerns with an Ostomy that you can sign up for. Whew – okay! Hopefully we haven’t overwhelmed you with info and you can find answers to your concerns quickly. Please let us know if you have any other questions and best of luck! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

  5. Cindy D.
    Posted March 6, 2019 at 4:45 pm PST

    Thankyou for answering me..I think knowing what is ahead of me will be a help and I will follow your site closely

  6. Posted March 26, 2019 at 3:03 am PDT

    I need suggestions on how to cure a small wound from the inner part of the circle of my bag it looks like a rash go e bad quickly to the point the wound has spread larger and it’s a open wound(slash) rash can I put some kind of bandage over it to keep the faeces off of it all

  7. Aimee Sharp
    Posted March 29, 2019 at 12:12 pm PDT

    Hi Rebecca. Thank you for your comment. It sounds like you could benefit from a portion of our most recent recorded webinar called Clinical and Lifestyle Concerns with an Ostomy. During the webinar, the presenter, Joy, a WOCN, goes over pertistomal skin irritation and how to avoid it and remedy problems. I’ve cued up the video to the part where she discusses peristomal skin irritation, and I also think your wound would benefit from the crusting technique she discusses in the same video at about 15 minutes in. Your pouching system won’t stick to a bandage, so that would just cause leaks, but if you can crust over the wound, that will keep the stool off of it, and allow your bag to stick without an issue – and allow the wound to heal (which, FYI, may take as long as three months – another point Joy brings up at the beginning of the webinar). We hope that helps! Best of luck and please let us know if you have any other questions. -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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