Ostomy surgery, whether planned or unexpected, may bring a lot of changes to your life. During your transition to living with a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy, you may go through a wide range of emotions, and it may feel scary, frustrating, and even discouraging for you at times.
Right now, it’s necessary that you get the right ostomy supplies for your needs from a company who understands and cares. It’s also just as important to find resources, support, and connections to people who understand firsthand what you’re going through as a new ostomate.
Here are some great resources that may help you get back to being you, while finding an additional sense of support and community.
Recommended Ostomy Resources
ConvaTec’s Customer Interaction Center (CIC)
It can be hard to get back to your normal life if you can’t find products that work for you and give you a sense of security and independence.
The Customer Interaction Center is made up of ConvaTec’s team of certified WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Nurses) who are available for your questions and concerns. The Customer Interaction Center is dedicated to helping you find the ostomy products that will fit your needs and preferences the best.
Phone: (800) 422-8811, Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 7:00PM Eastern Time
me + community
With the me+ Community, you can find a home alongside hundreds of other people living with ostomies. Fellow ostomates in the online community share their experiences, including some inspiring, frustrating, and even funny stories. Many of them offer personalized advice of what has worked for them as someone living with an ostomy.
Enroll today to get support and personalized insights.
Ostomysecrets is a company created by ostomates for ostomates. They carry specialized underwear and swim wraps for men, women, and children with ostomies. Their products are specifically designed to provide discreet support and conceal your ostomy system, giving you more confidence and peace of mind.
Since the employees of their companies also have ostomies, they are able to offer personalized insight and share their experiences.
OstomySecrets founder, Lisa Becker, says: “When was the last time you forgot you had an ostomy? For me, it’s every time I wear my Ostomysecrets. These undergarments changed my life, and I hope they change yours too. Join me and feel as good as I feel now!”
Ostomy Support Groups by Inspire is an online support community for people living with an ostomy.
There are many different forums where you can talk to other ostomates, discuss health and lifestyle issues, get emotional support, inspire and motivate others, and find additional ostomy information and resources.
United Ostomy Associations of America
The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) helps provide support for those who have had or will have an ostomy or continent diversion surgery. They have many ostomy resources available and provide support group details from all across the country.
One of the many resources from the UOAA is an Ostomy Travel Communication Card. It is provided for travelers to simplify communication with federal Transportation Security personnel and airline flight attendants when needed.
Phone: (800) 826-0826
180 Medical is Here for Your Ostomy Supply Needs
On top of all these helpful resources, it’s important to find a trustworthy ostomy supplier who you can depend on for compassionate service and reliable shipments.
180 Medical has a staff of highly trained and friendly Ostomy Specialists who are ready to talk with you about any ostomy product questions you may have. We’ll be glad to work with you to find the right ostomy products and accessories that are correctly sized for your stoma and right for your individual preferences and needs.
Contact us toll-free at 1-877-688-2729, or get in touch with us through our Live Chat option online today!