VeganOstomy is a fantastic site operated by a man with an ileostomy, who’s a vegan. You don’t need to be a vegan to benefit from the abundance of good, solid information on his site. If you have a question about anything ostomy-related, you’ll probably find the answer here. The site is really well designed and frequently updated. He even does product reviews, which I’ve found particularly helpful.
Colostomy UK. This is a UK-based charitable organization but the great articles in the Information section are available to everyone. You’ll find downloadable literature and fact sheets there, and articles on a multitude of ostomy-related issues.
GI Society (Canadian Society of Intestinal Research). This Canadian non-profit provides information on a whole range of gastrointestinal conditions, so there’s loads of good information on many of the disorders that affect ostomates – like IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, etc. The section on ostomies alone contains articles on dozens of important topics.You don’t need to have one of these underlying disorders to benefit from the site, but if you do, this is the place for you!
UOAA – United Ostomy Asssociations of America, Inc. This is the national US organization for people with ostomies or continent diversions. The site is massive, but really well designed and filled with helpful information and inspiring stories.
Ostomy Canada Society – This site offers important resources for Canadian ostomates, including information on the DTC (Disability Tax Credit), RDSPs (Registered Disability Savings Plans), and a Traveller’s Communication Card.
ACSA – Australian Council of Stoma Associations Inc. – There are many unique and valuable resources on this site, including tips for ostomates visiting Australia, information on the national Stoma Appliance Scheme (SAS), and a map showing the location of facilities across the country – with details on each one’s accessibility for people with disabilities.
Stomaatje.com – This is the English version of a website started by a young Dutch ostomate after her ileostomy surgery in 2004. It contains many very informative articles, from the history of a stoma to sexuality and pregnancy, sport, and clothing. It’s well worth a visit!
StomaTips is a free magazine published twice a year, available to read online or receive by mail. It’s associated with StomaWise, a UK-based support network for people living with ostomies, the British Journal of Nursing, and the Gastrointestinal Nursing Journal. The magazine describes itself as independent and unbiased, containing “practical information and inspiring stories.” The site is well designed and lets you search easily for articles on topics you’re interested in.