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 that 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
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.
me+ Talk Ostomy Podcast
Additionally, the me+ community now has a special ostomy podcast. Hosts Matt, a ConvaTec Product Specialist, and Renee, a Certified Ostomy Nurse (WOCN), go over topics regarding life with an ostomy. For example, just a few of the recent podcast topics have included physical recovery, emotional impacts, dating and intimacy, diet, and more.
Check out 180 Medical’s episode-by-episode breakdown with links to the podcasts and videos here.
Ostomysecrets is a company created by ostomates for ostomates. They carry specialized underwear and swim wraps for men, women, and children with ostomies. Ostomysecrets products help provide discreet support for your ostomy system, which may offer 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. Travelers can use this card to simplify communication with TSA and airline personnel.
Phone: (800) 826-0826
Ostomy Resources at 180 Medical
In addition to the above helpful links, 180 Medical is constantly adding new content regarding life with an ostomy on our website and blog. Check out our blog’s ostomy resources to find tons more information and tips for living with an ostomy. Be sure to look at our Common Ostomy Series, which addresses hot topics like ostomy bag leakage, ostomy odors, intimacy, and more.
Also, we offer more resources on our For Ostomy Customers page. On this page, we provide helpful topics and answers to questions you want to know. For example, you can find out how your ostomy supplies will be covered by insurance or watch pouch application videos.
180 Medical is Here for Your Ostomy Supply Needs
180 Medical also offers a vast array of ostomy resources on our website for people living with an ostomy. Check out our ostomy resources on the blog, such as our Common Ostomy Issues series, which aOn top of all these helpful ostomy 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. We’ll be glad to work with you to find the right ostomy products 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!