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
Ostomy adventures - Reason # 1,316 why you need a stoma guard
When wearing a stoma guard like the StomaShield everyday, you can be spontaneous. Spontaneous adventures are usually hard to do with an ostomy, otherwise. Earlier in the year (late April) my wife and I took a long road trip across the southwest. From Texas to New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and back home. An amazing journey that we have been dreaming about since we were married in 2012. We camped nearly every night along the way not just to save money, but get out and enjoy nature at it's finest. Car rides, or even road trips like this are so comfortable with the StomaShield stoma guard.
While we were in Zion National Park, Utah, my wife said, "I would love to go horseback riding". A quick search found they have horseback rides in Zion. We made a reservation for the next morning. Our campsite was just outside the park, to avoid the crowds. The next morning we were scrambling to get up the mountain to Zion....
- Brian Hakel
Helping US Military Veterans with an Ostomy
Here at StomaGear, we are proud of all of our US Military Veterans. Once we found out that we could help those Veterans who have an ostomy, we immediately registered our company with all the appropriate entities to do be able to do business with the federal government. We have already helped many Veterans who benefited from the StomaShield.
The process starts with the Veteran contacting their ostomy/wound care nurse through their VAMC hospital and tell them that you need the StomaShield made by StomaGear! Don't forget to look up which size StomaShield you need and mention whether you have a left/right side stoma. We will need that info in the order form that the VA sends to us. If approved by the nurse and all other parties involved, the VA will pay for the StomaShield and then we will ship it directly to you!
The VA can cover the FULL COST of the StomaShield under most conditions. If you are a Veteran, or know a Veteran who has an ostomy, pass the word on. Recommend the StomaShield product to the VA nurses and surgeons so they can recommend this to other Veterans. We want to improve the quality of life to as many of those as possible.
To all of our US Military Veterans, thank YOU for your service!
As seen in the Phoenix Magazine...
It's been quite a journey. I decided to share my personal story with the Phoenix Magazine and they put it on the front cover. What an honor!
If you are a subscriber, check out the March 2015 issue or online at http://www.phoenixuoaa.org/
Don't let an ostomy get you down. You can do anything with an ostomy. Make today better than yesterday. Tomorrow will be even better.
StomaGear is growing (in more ways than one)!
2014 was a big year for us at StomaGear, as well as our family! In October, we welcomed our first child into the family. She is so cute, and big distraction too! How can you resist? My amazing and beautiful wife, who handles many of the behind the scenes operations, was a trooper and still helped out nearly every day. Even while pregnant, and now caring for the lil one. Somehow we managed to keep up with StomaGear business. In 2014, we had over 400% growth over the previous year! Even more amazing is we still maintained customer satisfaction. This gives us even more confidence that the StomaShield design works great for a majority of the people with an ostomy. We improved our shipping and processing times too. Nearly all orders get shipped out the next business day. We strive to deliver a better experience for our awesome customers. Now, we look forward to what 2015 brings! We hope everyone had a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
- Brian Hakel
More StomaShield padding options!
StomaGear's innovative (adjustable/removable/low maintenance) padding system has worked for a far majority of our customers, with the 4mm and 8mm options. However, there were a few who wished there was a thicker padding option to clear those larger stomas and/or thicker output. We listened, and custom ordered an even thicker version of the same padding in 12mm (nearly 1/2 inch). It took several months to get here, but it was worth the wait! Now every new StomaShield order will get all 3 padding options. Simply remove and try each one to get that custom fit! If you're already a StomaGear customer, the padding is also available separately in the StomaGear online store in the Optional Accessories section.
- Brian Hakel