KC Ostomy Association (KCOA)

(A chapter of United Ostomy Associations of America, UOAA)

The KCOA is a volunteer group founded in the 1970s, dedicated to providing support to anyone who has or will have an ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy, J Pouch, or other diversion. Please attend our meetings and see what you can learn and share. Bring family members or send them if you are unable to attend. If you have a problem that your physician or ostomy nurse can’t solve, ask us!

**October 3rd is the UOAA Virtual Run for Resilience Ostomy 5K. In the KC area, a group will meet at 9 am meet at East Lake Village Pool Pavilion, 4140 NE Channel Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO. (From I-470/MO291, go west on Woods Chapel Road, then north/right on Channel Drive). Some goals are to raise funds for the UOAA cause of ostomy and continent diversion awareness, education and support. Questions: Carolyn Crumley <carolyn_crumley@sbcglobal.net> President KC WOCN. ostomy5k.org/ has information and a place to register. There is also a virtual option.

The next KCOA meeting  is scheduled for Thurs, Nov 19, 2020, at 6:30 pm. It is likely to be on Zoom. A link will be sent to members of the group.
Our Facebook group is at Kansas City Ostomy Support. Let’s use it more while we are unable to have our usual meetings.
Contact info/questions: 913-588-8004. ostomy@kumc.edu,    kcostomy@gmail.com.
KC Ostomy, 6724 W 109th St F, Overland Park, KS 66211. 
Please send us your contact info, especially your email, so we can send you reminders and any changes.

When meetings resume:
* Location: Turning Point, 8900 State Line Rd, suite 240,  Leawood, KS (map).
* Time: 6:30 -7:30 pm. [Parking is south of building; entry door is at SE corner.] 
* We meet the third Thursday of “odd” months. (e.g. 7.16, 9.17, 11.19 in 2020)


Resources & Links

  • Education video, especially for new ostomates, with attached questionnaire. Covers the basics needed for ostomy care.
  • Donating your unused supplies
  • Financial assistance for supplies
  • Several members are trained visitors who can answer questions new ostomates might have. Email us at above contact links; replies are likely within several days.
  • The United Ostomy Associations of America is the place for resources, advocacy, and support. UOAA has over 300 Affiliated Support Groups, and can help you get the answers you need as you begin your “new normal” life. Explore its website for information. You’ll find answers about nutrition and intimacy, and useful knowledge about living with an ostomy or continent diversion.
    Main Page: ostomy.org   Frequently Asked Questions: ostomy.org/Ostomy_FAQ.html
    Discussion Board: uoaa.org/forum;  “The Phoenix” magazine: phoenixuoaa.org