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Record month for StomaGear!

Every month is better than the last since we started.  We are pretty excited here at StomaGear as this young company keeps gaining momentum  With our small budget, we started off relying heavily on the internet and word of mouth.  Later on, we tried advertising in the Phoenix magazine and now we will be attending the WOCN annual conference this summer.  We really look forward to making so many nurses aware of our product (and solution) for their patients.  

During this increase in demand already this year, we started investing in faster, higher quality manufacturing.  I can't wait to show everyone these improvements, hopefully in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, we will continue to reinvest in the company and take care of our customers.  When we do that, good things will happen.

  • Brian Hakel

Looking back, moving forward

Five years ago today I had my ileostomy surgery.  I'm very thankful to have this surgery done.  It literally gave me a new lease on life.  No longer fighting a nasty 10 year stretch with Ulcerative Colitis, I am able to live a much better quality life.  The only downside was managing the ileostomy bag.  Considering how bad of shape I was in before, this was hardly a setback.  I will take that trade off any day, to not live with Ulcerative Colitis again.  Getting back to work was a challenge with the bag.  After trying one of the shields in the market, I found myself modifying, tinkering, and completely redesigning it to meet my needs.  Eventually I started making my own shield.  I started to share my concept with others, getting a lot of feedback in the process.  In less than a year, I had figured out how to make this design work for a majority of the body shapes, sizes, and stoma locations.  It's not perfect and never will be.  We are just all too unique to make one size fits all.  That's why I have the 30 day exchange/return policy.  You won't know until you try it.  Most of the time, I get it right, and the customers are happy.  I sat down and ran the numbers the other day and an astounding 97% keep their shield and don't return it within 30 days.  That level of customer satisfaction (plus the great testimonials) gives me the confidence that I am on the right track.  Hopefully, the StomaShield, will help many more with their "new lease on life" too. 

  • Brian Hakel

Nurses, come see us at WOCN National Conference in Nashville!

We will be attending our first WOCN National conference this June in Nashville, TN!  We look forward to meeting more nurses across the country and spreading the word on our life changing product.  If you plan on attending the conference, drop us a line or stop by booth #1025.  We look forward to connecting with as many folks as possible!

- Brian

  • Brian Hakel

New online store!

We continue to re-invest into this company.  Not only in our products and manufacturing, but in our website too!  I've made the online checkout more secure by upgrading to the latest PCI compliant shopping cart, made the store section of the website secure and encrypted  (as you will see with "https" designation), and a more seamless experience when completing your order. I believe I have all the issues ironed out, but if you catch something odd, please let me know and I will address it right away.  Thank you so much for all your support!

- Brian

  • Brian Hakel

Should stoma protection be recommended?

I'm curious, not for the benefit of my company, but for the well being of ostomates everywhere: why isn't stoma protection recommended for everyone by the medical community?  It puzzles me that we are left with this stoma unprotected, which is to a degree "sensitive", compared to the rest of our body.   While other surgeries get casts, crutches, wheelchairs to allow the wound to heal, I suppose the medical community treats our stoma as "healed"?  I think this is why insurance coverage for stoma protective devices is non existent to date.  So those of us with a stoma (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy) are left in a conundrum, and looking for answers: How to protect our stoma?  

What do you think?  Let me know in the poll below.

Ostomy Protection Survey Ostomy Protection Survey What do you think? Should Stoma Protection be Recommended?
Thank you!
  • Brian Hakel