There are abundant ostomy resources for you on the internet, but be aware that the quality of information varies from site to site. Here are some links to websites with useful ostomy information:
The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) is an association of affiliated ostomy support groups throughout the United States. It is dedicated to the complete rehabilitation of all people with an ostomy and those with continent diversions. It actively advocates on behalf of all with an ostomy, helps in the formation of new groups, and provides for the exchange and dissemination of information through its website, social media, its quarterly magazine The Phoenix, and its four surgery-specific New Patient Guides. This is also a perfect place to find a local support group near you whether you have an ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy, or continent diversion.
Locate a certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse near you at Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)
Check your body profile, order samples and learn more about ostomy care at Coloplast
You can check out moldable appliances, order samples and pick out some specialty clothing at Convatec
Hollister offers a comprehensive video library, along with a place to order samples.
A unifying experience for many people after ostomy surgery is the feeling that they can once again lead a full and productive life. The Great Comebacks Program recognizes these inspirational individuals, both in their personal lives and in their contributions to their communities.
Learn about colon cancer from what causes it, early detection, support resources, making decisions about treatments and more: American Cancer Society
The Colon Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of colon cancer (colorectal cancer) in out-of-the-box ways. Our goals are to educate as many people as possible, as early as possible, about the risk factors and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and for people to get screened when it’s appropriate for them.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the leader in research, education and patient support for IBD (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis).
American College of Surgeons is a great source of patient education, especially the pre-operative kit for practice and hints.