We are an Area-wide Support Group for Ostomates, Members of the UOAA, Inc.; and Sponsored by the ACS. Ostomates are people of any age with potential, new or mature Ileostomies, Colostomies, Urostomies or Continent Diversions.
We Provide direct aid and mutual support to Ostomates both individually and within group settings:
- Solve problems by providing information and referrals by any and all means of communication
- Create opportunities for making new friends and socializing among people with similar experiences and circumstances
We Conduct visitations (Personal, Telephone and E-Mail) to dialogue and present ourselves as role models to potential and new Ostomates:
- Before surgery to offer hope and encouragement
- After surgery to provide solace, assurance and comfort
- During rehabilitation to ease the adjustment and adaptation as an Ostomate
- Reversal to provide information and contacts about Reversals if elected
We Arrange programs and activities for Ostomates, Spouses, Children and Parents, and their Friends, as appropriate:
- Educate and train Support Group Members in new products, processes and procedures with assistance from United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.
- Advertise Group Programs generally through public and private media outlets, and via the American Cancer Society
- Access resources, promote our purposes and attract new members through direct communication with the Medical Services Community
Since the onset of COVID19, our meetings are conducted via ZOOM the SECOND Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. We conduct two 40 minute meeting sessions to ensure that we address as many issues as possible as well as provide appropriate time for presentations and discussions. ZOOM meeting IDs and Passcodes are provided within the meeting notices that are sent several days prior to the meeting. It will be necessary to “download” ZOOM for First Time Attendees.
As of now we do not have a time frame as to when we will resume in person meetings at Chilton Medical Center.
United Ostomy Associations of America
P.O. Box 525
Kennebunk, ME 04043-0525
Call us toll-free at: 1-800-826-0826.
Our Information Line hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 3pm (Wednesday until 2pm) EST. If you have an emergency, please dial 911 or contact your local medical professional.
Please understand that UOAA is a private, nonprofit, advocacy and informational organization. We are not a medical facility and we do not have medical or legal professionals on staff. Therefore, UOAA does not provide Medical, Mental Health, Insurance or Legal Advice.
UOAA is the leading organization proactively advocating on behalf of the ostomy community. Recognizing that we are always stronger together, we encourage everyone to get involved by joining our Advocacy Network. We’ve also created several Advocacy Tools and Resources to help you successfully advocate on behalf of the ostomy community to ensure every ostomate receives quality care.
- Double Baggin’ It: A Tale of Two Best Friends Without ButtholesSeptember 14, 2022 - 4:43 pm
- Jessica’s Ostomy Story: Making an Invisible Illness VisibleSeptember 7, 2022 - 11:59 am
- Celebrate and Support Ostomy ResilienceAugust 26, 2022 - 10:53 am
- Bethany’s Story: An Architect Learns to Engineer Life with Short Bowel SyndromeAugust 22, 2022 - 12:47 pm
- A Future Certified Ostomy Nurse in the MakingAugust 17, 2022 - 11:52 am
UOAA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.