I had been increasingly struggling with symptoms for over two years with medical personnel brushing me off because I did not fit the norms for bladder cancer and didn’t check off enough risk factors for it. By the time of diagnosis, at the…
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Barbara Dale, RN, CWOCN, CHHN, COS-C
Director of WOC Services at Quality Home Health
Jeanine Gleba UOAA Advocacy Manager
I am a Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) nurse in a rural home health agency. I have worked in the home health field…
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Urostomy and Continent Diversion Patients Find Support and Education from Peers at UOAA.
By Ed Pfueller, UOAA
May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, this year more than 80,000 people are expected…
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By UOAA Advocacy Committee Members:
Joanna Burgess-Stocks BSN, RN, CWOCN
Anita Prinz RN, MSN, CWOCN
Why does one have their bladder removed?
The most common reason for removal of the bladder (radical cystectomy) is due to bladder cancer.…
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They are all superheroes in our book. They come in on their day off for us, they heal us, they teach us, they empower us, they advocate for us, they volunteer for us, they learn for us, they run our support groups, they make us laugh and help…
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Support the Disability Integration Act
By Jeanine Gleba UOAA Advocacy Manager
Sue Mueller, BSN, CWOCN
Does an ostomy qualify as a disability? This is a question that UOAA receives on occasion. You are living with an ostomy, you…
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UOAA conference speaker strategically uses humor to help ostomy patients
By Ed Pfueller, UOAA
If you’re a patient of Janice Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN-AP, CRNP, APNC, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN, she will likely look you in the eye and know…
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By Jody Scardillo DNP RN ANP-BC CWOCN
Albany Medical Center- Albany, NY
It’s amazing what can happen when a little effort is made. In April of 2018, the insurer NY Medicaid decreased the allowable quantity for certain ostomy…
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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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