The KC Ostomy Association (KCOA)
A chapter of the United Ostomy Associations of America

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

KCOA 2018 meetings will be 7-8pm in Feb (Wed, the 14th), June, and Oct
at the Birth Center Bldg, Grandview Room, Shawnee Mission Medical Ctr.
This is northwest of 75th Street and Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS between
Antioch Road and I-35, (photos & map). Please email us your contact info
so we can send you details and reminders.

Also: The KU Med Ctr support group will meet Thurs, Jan 18, 6-7:30, at
Turning Point, 8900 State Line Rd, Suite 240, Leawood, KS.
Contact: Meredith Hill, RN, 913-588-0438 or

The KCOA last meeting of 2017 was our lovely dinner on Nov. 8 at Cascones.

Resources & Links links

  • Several members are trained visitors who can answer questions new ostomates are likely to have. Send an email to; replies are usually 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:
    Frequently Asked Questions:
    Discussion Board:;  “The Phoenix” magazine:

Updated: Jan. 2018