Entries by UOAA

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Tips for a Successful Recovery after Ostomy Surgery

By Diana Gallagher, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN – Facilitator for the NWA Ostomy Support Group For many, ostomy surgery is lifesaving but their initial feelings on living life with an ostomy are negative. For individuals with years of unresolved incontinence or inflammatory bowel disease, however, life after surgery is frequently viewed as a positive improvement. […]

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Colon Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer and your condition makes it impossible for you to work, you might be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees disability programs that provide benefits to those who are unable to work, but who meet specific criteria. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […]

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How Stephanie Urzi is Raising Awareness

Stephanie shown here with the proclamations she had declared for Ostomy Awareness Day in 2016. (Left side proclamation is from Governor Chris Christie for the State of New Jersey; Right proclamation is from the NJ Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders)[/caption] In 2003, at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I […]

Annie Gammell’s Story

My colostomy story began when, at age 56, I discovered that I had late-stage colorectal cancer.  A large tumor was discovered during my first colonoscopy, and it was cancerous.  Thus began a long journey that eventually led to colostomy surgery on my 64th birthday.  After the initial surgery to remove the tumor and part of […]

Tricia Hottenstein’s Story

Saying that my ostomy gave me my life back is not an understatement. I don’t think I have ever felt better in my entire life. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s when I was 15 and in the 12 years I suffered before having surgery, I never once achieved full remission. I missed more school than […]

Ray Elvey’s Story

I had ulcerative colitis that was unresponsive to any treatments including remicade infusions. In January of 2006 I had ostomy surgery. My first comment was “It is so quiet down there.” After three horrible years my life was given back to me. I am now disease free and colon cancer is no longer a worry. […]

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Swim Confidently with an Ostomy

After healing from ostomy surgery, people of all ages and types enjoy swimming, surfing scuba diving or just relaxing in a hot tub. We understand the anxiety from worrying about leaks can keep some people out of the pool. There are no ostomy specific restrictions to swimming in public places. “Swimming has made me stronger […]

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The 5th Annual Durham, NC Ostomy 5k

The 5th Annual Run For Resilience Ostomy 5k will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  All proceeds benefit the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc (UOAA) charity, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible. Registration Coming Soon! RACE DAY SCHEDULE (tentative) 7:00 a.m. Registration 8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk 9:00 a.m. Kids Fun Run 9:15 […]