Your stoma care nurse has the specialized training to help you care for your ostomy and address any issues that arise. These professionals are also known as “WOC” (wound, ostomy, and continence) nurses. Stoma care nurses are there to help…
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Following your ostomy surgery, you will no doubt have an adjustment period of figuring out your new routines and schedule. You will be learning about your appliance, how to use it, when to change it, and how it works. Although there may be frustrating…
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By Ed Pfueller, UOAA
Amazing things can happen when ostomy patient advocates and clinicians come together.
Dr. Neilanjan Nandi, MD an IBD specialist at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, trained in cities across the country…
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Ostomates Provide Insight to Lawmakers on Behalf of UOAA
By Ellyn Mantell and Michael Quear
UOAA Representative - Ellyn Mantell
There is so much frustration and dissatisfaction around the government right now, that it is easy to forget…
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About 4 years ago, I awoke to the alarm on my cell phone, and for some reason it seemed to be extra loud this time. I had probably only slept for about 2 hours, but still, I anxiously jumped out of bed with a nervous sense of excitement. Today…
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Enjoy a trouble-free transit with these travel tips.
If you’re traveling by airplane, car, bus, train, or cruise ship, you might be stressed about your ostomy needs during the trip. Don’t worry. With a little preparation, everything can…
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Whether Temporary or Permanent UOAA information and Support can help you Succeed in Life with an Ostomy.
By Ed Pfueller, UOAA
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer often has no warning signs or symptoms, and it affects…
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Support Made the Difference Before Reversal
I was halfway through a 10-hour drive home to Lancaster County PA from Dayton, where I’d just finished a Relay For Life, when I felt the first pains in my lower left side. Thinking they were just…
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I was told if I didn’t have the surgery when I did, my Crohn’s disease would have killed me. Surgery made a drastic change in my life for the better. Now I will be around for my wife and kids.
I had a promising career in the United States…
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