Our Aims And Purposes
  • The Ostomy Support Group East Valley Arizona was founded in 1981. We are affiliated with
    the United Ostomy Association of America, a national organization of local support groups.
  • To provide a local organization for the rehabilitation of persons who have lost the normal
    function of their bowel or bladder and now have a colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy, or alternate
  • To encourage and maintain a personal exchange of ideas and methods for the rehabilitation of
    those who have ostomies.
  • To promote better methods of ostomy care and management and the improvement of ostomy
    appliances, equipment and supplies.
  • To cooperate with other organizations which have, in whole or in part, similar objectives, aims
    and purposes.
  • To sponsor exhibits at leading medical and public meetings.
  • To inform the general public about ostomy surgery, thereby helping to eliminate prejudice and
    discrimination and helping to find ostomates in need of assistance.
  • To advance the knowledge of gastro-intestinal and urological diseases, their causes, treatments,
    cures and prevention.
  • To help every ostomate live a well-adjusted, normal and productive life.



What does this ostomy group mean to you??  We have been in existence for over 30 years, reaching
out to any and all ostomates who need caring, support and education as they learn to adjust to living
with an ostomy, as well as to those who have lived with one for many years. How comforting is it to
come to meetings or call and find you can talk and relate to people who understand how you fee[, listen
to how you cope with everyday life, and can give you information to find help to alleviate issues.  

Through the years we have been there to help you, and now we are asking you to help us.  Due to life’s
challenges, Darlene Kosman has resigned as your acting President.  She has not left you, but can no
longer manage the full responsibilities of that office and continue to do the outstanding job she has
done.  She will continue to be active and give as much time as she is able to the group.  Some
members of the Board have held office for many years, through their own issues and life changes, and
now they need your help.
We want to continue to bring you your newsletter, monthly meetings, Product Fairs, Visitation Training,
access to finding solutions to ostomy problems, and just the general love and comradely of fellow
ostomates.  In order to do so, we need new ideas, and we need your time, your talent.  Please come
on board to help us.  Work with us. Keep us together!  Any amount of time, of energy, of ideas will be
helpful. No amount is too small.  Board members will work with you, teach you, and help you as you
help them.  
This group has been a tremendous part of my life for many years.  I felt I was the mother hen,
nurturing you and helping your growth.  Together, we became a very viable part of the ostomy
community.  Although I had to move away, I have kept in touch and will continue to do so.  It breaks my
heart to see this group flounder and fall apart.  Please, please, help us to help you.  Come forth to stay
together.  You newcomers to ostomy life, become an active part of the group.  You ostomates of long
duration, become active too.  WE NEED YOU!!!!  In return, you will find you receive so much more
than you give.

Sheila Kollenberg
Your past president that will always care.

BIG NEWS!!!  The board has decided that we
will continue to have meetings in June and July to
help newly diagnosed Ostomates, have programs
and have our nurses available to answer your

Click Here to read the July 2015 Newsletter

Click To read the Latest UOAA News   

Our Next Meeting is  
Sunday, July19, 2015 2:00 PM  
Where: First Presbyterian Church 161 N. Mesa Drive  
Fellowship Hall Mesa, AZ 85201

Our Program
Our July meeting will feature Melissa Somohano from
Convatec. Melissa will be able to answer your questions
about the Convatec product line and any other questions
you may have  

OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING  will following our monthly meeting. All are
invited to sit in during the meeting and see how your Board Of Directors make
our Support group the best is Arizona.

Our meetings generally held on the third Sunday of the month. We welcome anyone that may have questions
relating to an Ostomy. We have over 100 members of all ages with Ostomies, numerous associates and family
members. Nearly everyone has had periods of distress with various problems from leaks to skin issues. We
generally have at least 2 licensed Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses at our meetings to answer any of your
Whether or not you might like to join our group officially, please feel free to attend our meetings.
For information call  Roxanne Camp      480.524.4819