Getting Out There with an Ostomy, Part 2!
I love the letters and emails I get from customers who finally feel like they can do what they've been wanting to do. Playing golf, playing with their child or grandkid, working in the garden, going back to work, playing sports, riding a horse, going on a roller coaster, taking a long road trip, first plane ride since ostomy surgery, etc just to name a few examples. The StomaShield stoma guard not only protects the stoma, it gives people CONFIDENCE! Trust me, I know how nerve wracking it can be to live with an ostomy. I've had an ileostomy since 2009, that's over 9 years. That's why I made a better stoma guard. To give me confidence, originally. Then started making it for others back in 2013. What a ride it's been since then!
For the first time in months I was able to get out and play some golf with my friends. Wow it was nice to get out! The StomaShield performed flawlessly as usual. Had no problem playing 18 holes with a belt securing my shorts over my StomaShield. Even though my ostomy bag started filling up quickly, the StomaShield provided security and support just like an ostomy belt. It holds down the top of the bag around the wafer, keeping it in place, even while it's full and heavy. Nothing worse than walking around, let alone swinging a golf club, with a full ostomy bag swinging around without support. The StomaShield does it all. I had protection, bag support, and able to wear clothes I wouldn't be able to wear
The StomaShield truly is a 3-in-1 device that you can wear all day and night. Whether you are out playing golf or just trying to get to the store around the corner, the StomaShield is there for you.
Get out there and do what you've been wanting to do.
Drop me an email through the website if you have any good stories or testimonials about your experience with the StomaShield.
Finally getting back to normal around here
Life still happens if you have an ostomy or not. The flooding rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded our home and corporate office on August 29, 2017. Getting a boat ride from your front door with your family and a backpack is a surreal experience. See picture here of the rescue crew getting ready to pick us up. Thankfully StomaGear manufacturing facility is a few hours north of us and wasn't affected at all. So the business didn't skip a beat for new orders.
Fast forward and we finally moved back in to our home last month in May 2018. My wife and I did a lot of the remodeling work ourselves, so it took a little longer than the pros. But its worth it. We were able to fix things up the way we always dreamed about. Just some improvements to make the home work better for us.
Home remodeling is tough work. Even a small project. But doing any home improvement task with a ostomy bag can be daunting. There is no way I could have not injured myself without my stoma guard, the StomaShield. Just simply leaning on a ladder the wrong way, or picking up a heavy box against your abdomen, is frustrating (or painful) without a stoma guard. That's why I always keep my stoma guard on, day and night. Because you never know when you will need stoma protection. Take care of your stoma the right way and you will never have to worry about it!
It's so nice to be home now and getting back to normal. It was quite a journey to get back here. Thankfully most of the stuff we lost in the flood was just that, stuff. It all can be replaced. More importantly our family is fine. That is what's truly irreplaceable.
You asked, we listened. New and improved belt for the StomaShield is here!
One of the biggest requests we hear at StomaGear is asking if we have a wider belt. I've actually been on the hunt since late 2015 to solve this very issue. After tons of research and testing existing materials, I learned there is nothing commercially available (off the shelf) that has all the characteristics I would want. So it had to be custom made for our application. What I thought I was asking for was simple: elastic, soft, adjustable with velcro, silicone grip strip, latex free, then sewn through a simple triglide ring. After talking with several medical grade manufacturers, I found one that could do it all. That was 7-8 months ago. That's how long it took to get here. Getting a large manufacturer's attention requires a large, no huge, minimum order. These kind of decisions can be quite risky for a small business. However, I was confident that this is what I want, and more importantly what the customer wants. I've been testing prototypes of this very belt for several months now. I'm really excited to bring this to our past and future customers. Yep, you heard that right, this will work perfectly with nearly all previous generations of the StomaShield going back almost 3 years. As long as it has a 2" wide belt slots in the shield, this new belt will work great and be a tremendous upgrade. We start shipping the new belt with all new orders immediately. So we hope you check it out and give it a try. We still stand by our 30 day money back guarantee.
For new customers, check it out at www.stomagear.com
For returning customers wanting to upgrade, check it out here: https://www.stomagear.com/products/optional-accessories-extra-belt-for-stomashield-belt-only