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Meetings,  Location, & Presentations


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First Thursday of the Month:

June 6 -Summer Hints & Ideas


No July Meeting

August 1

September 5

October 3

November 7

December 5

No January Meeting

In-Person & Virtual


*How to Download the Zoom App

prior to joining the link below


Join Zoom Meeting (click on live link)

Meeting ID: 886 3266 6521

Passcode: Welcome!

Gethsemane Lutheran Church

200 West Anderson Lane, across the street from Frost Bank and Red Lobster, next to the Austin Humane Center.

Link to Google Map


We have a surplus of donated supplies.

If you're in need, check out this list of available free  Ostomy Supplies.


Consider Becoming a

Board Member!

In the next year, we anticipate some open positions. We are looking to our Members to consider this opportunity and continue Carol Laubach's legacy of supporting individuals with an ostomy and their care givers. Please reach out to Amy Nichols, Karen Hollis, or Carol if you're interested. 

Thank You!

Austin Walk to End Bladder Cancer May 18, 2024

Thanks to your generous donations, our Walk to End Bladder Cancer excelled in fundraising and participation. Our ATX Bag Lady team, lead by members Dorothy & John De La Garza raised more than $7,000 of the Austin $22,000 total. The enthusiastic crowd of walkers--survivors, family, friends, and the medical community--far exceeded the previous turn-out in 2022 and 2023. Beyond numbers, John and I are grateful for your caring, generous friendship on the medical marathon of bladder cancer.

Thanks from John & Dorothy De La Garza, ATX Bag Lady


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Shelby Moss, Coloplast Representative presented

at our May 2024 Meeting.


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Retired Nurse Karen Hollis, RN, CWON and Board Member presented in April

on Hernias.


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Emily Brooke, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, gave a wonderful presentation at our February 2, 20204 meeting. Emily is part of the Digestive Health Department of Health Social Work at Dell Medical School, Ascension Seton and an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin.

PPT: Mental Health, Body Image, Intimate Relationships and Ostomies

Austin Ostomy Member Marina Chavez was sponsored by the Austin Ostomy Association of Austin to attend the United Ostomy Association of America's National Conference held in Houston Texas in August, 2023. She presented/shared some of the many sessions she attended.

PPT: Mental Health

PPT: Diet & Nutrition Supplements Pre/Probiotic


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Nurse Carol Marshall-Hanson, RN, CWON and Board Member shared a  presentation on Healing your skin with some before/after photos.

See PPT: Healing Your Skin: What You Should Know about Pure        Hypochlorous  Acid



Austin Ostomy Member JT Boone shared his incredibly challenging and inspirational

health journey from feeling nearly hopeless after 20+ surgeries to a healthy

lifestyle based on many factors including diet and maintaining a growth mindset . 

See PPT: Treating the Person with the Disease, Not the Disease Itself

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UOAA Local Problem-Solving Clinic

  • Text or call UOAA's Karen Hollis, retired RN, CWON    

  • 512-785-7448

  • Text/leave your name, number, type of ostomy & problem

  • Karen will contact you

The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School now

has an Ostomy Clinic: The Texas Ostomy Services at

Digestive Health New Clinic is now open! 


Joga Ivatury, M.D., MHA

is an associate professor of surgery at Dell Medical School and the inaugural

Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at UT Health Austin  

Call 512-324-7831 to make an appointment.

Additionally, Doctors can fax a referral to 512-324-7816


Dr. Ivatury's team is also engaged in research projects aimed at improving support for people with ostomies. Here is their current research project and a ppt presentation Dr. Ivatury presented on June 1st, 2023. The Speaking Stoma Project (presentation link);

We're excited to say that The Speaking Stoma: A communication guide for people with ostomies is here and available for your use! Thanks to the UT team for supporting our Ostomy community!

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