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Vlog: Core Exercises with an Ostomy

If you are wondering how to do core exercises safely with an ostomy and activate your core muscles this is the video for you. Peristomal hernias is one issue people hope to avoid through core strengthening. More information on developing hernias after ostomy surgery can be found as part of UOAA’s New Ostomy Patient Guide. […]

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Annemarie Finn’s Story

Bladder cancer and urostomy surgery do not stop Annemarie from living her best life. I am a bag lady. I am highly educated and employed, yet carry a bag wherever I go. I don’t leave home without it. Because of bladder cancer, I have a urostomy. Like many other women, it took some time for […]

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Scott Steehn’s Story

Finding Hope in the Stories of Others By Scott Steehn All stories have a beginning, and mine is no different. It started on a cold, slate-colored February day in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1992. I was a successful standup comic who had headlined clubs and theaters in all 50 states and seven foreign countries. I was […]

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UOAA Ostomy Support Groups Go Virtual During Pandemic

By Ed Pfueller, UOAA Communications and Outreach Manager In-person peer support has always been at the heart of UOAA. Though people worldwide now routinely connect online with others living with an ostomy, the in-person experience of UOAA’s over 300 Affiliated Support Groups continues to endure and grow year after year. The arrival of COVID-19 is […]

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Lacee Harper’s Story

Imagine being your 15-year-old self again. What did that feel like? Young, carefree, happy…healthy? For me, I felt all of those things every day. I played the clarinet, got good grades, was athletic from running track, active in school/church clubs and had amazing family/friends. What more could I want as a teenager? I didn’t want […]

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Coronavirus Effects on the Ostomy Community

The ostomy community is understandably very concerned about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting their daily lives, health, support networks, and access to ostomy supplies. In this time of great uncertainty, UOAA recommends all individuals consult with their own primary care physicians with questions concerning their risk factor or if they exhibit any symptoms. Please […]