Ostomy Association of South Texas
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Ostomates are men and women, rich and poor, from the newborn to the very elderly. One may have an ostomy due to a disease process, birth defect or trauma. It may be temporary or permanent. Many people feel that they are the only one with an ostomy. Nothing could be farther from the truth. There are over one million ostomates in the United States and that number increases annually. When you consider the millions of ostomates living in the rest of the world, you are without a doubt far from being alone. Ostomy support groups are a forum where you can discuss your stoma concerns and have your stoma questions answered by the expert, the ostomate, the person who lives with one.
Our Visitor program is one of our most important functions. A visitor is a person who has had a stoma for an established period of time. These specially trained individuals visit new ostomy patients in hospital, at their homes or by phone to answer question about ostomy issues. Our Chapter has three meeting times per month, at which there are knowledgeable speakers discussing issues of interest to us while we share our concerns about life with a stoma. We publish a monthly newsletter, Life's Diversions, which keeps our members up to date on our activities.