Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center offers an Ostomy Support Group that generally meets on the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in the Physical Therapy conference room. The next meeting is May 16. The group is facilitated by Karen Cole, RN, BSN, and Shannon VanHouse, RN, Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses (CWOCN). CWOCNs are specially trained to assist patients with ostomy care both in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
When undergoing ostomy surgery a person may experience anxiety and distress associated with the often sudden and significant alteration in elimination function and self-image. They may feel isolated. Our ostomy support group offers the opportunity to talk with others who have an ostomy. Current members may have a broader range of experience dealing with some of the problems that can be faced when first learning the skills necessary to manage the ostomy.
The meetings are open to everyone with ostomies or even those contemplating one. We also welcome any interested family members or friends. If you would like to speak with someone who has an ostomy, we have members who are willing to share their experience with you. For questions or more information, contact Cole or VanHouse at 315-713-5181. Your tomorrow is worth defending.