Triangle Ostomy Association

Serving the Ostomy Community

The Triangle Ostomy Association meets
the First Tuesday each Month at 7:15p.m.
Our primary meeting location is in the Same Day Surgery Waiting Room just to the left of the main entrance to Rex Hospital.
(We are currently meeting online via Zoom. See cancellation notice below).

Mission Statement

Triangle Area Ostomy Association (TAOA)

TAOA is a non profit organization dedicated to advancing ostomy health through advocacy, education, and professional interaction. We are an affiliated support group of the The United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. Membership is open to ostomates, nurses and friends who support our mission. New members are always welcome. Please click here to find the membership application form.



Our monthly meetings are being held online. Due to the restrictions currently in place and the fact that many of our members are in high-risk categories for the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are not able to meet in person. Updates will be posted here and Zoom details emailed to the membership prior to the scheduled date/time of our regular meetings for the next few months to inform you whether or not the meeting will be held.

In the meantime, please follow good practices and try to keep yourselves healthy until we get through this event.

Last Meeting Before Summer Break

Hello Everyone! Just a quick reminder we'll be having our last meeting before summer break this Tuesday, June 5, 2018. We'd love to see you all there, but if you don't make it to the meeting, have a great summer and we'll see you in September. Also a quick reminder, membership fees are due before the September meeting, so now's a great time to send them in. You can find the form here or by clicking "Join" on the menu to the left.

Ostomy Awareness Day

It's that time of year! Ostomy Awareness Day is right around the corner and will be held this year on Saturday, October 7, 2017. As you may be aware this year's theme is Navigate the Journey Together. We want to champion the idea that people are not alone as they navigate through their individual journeys of living with an ostomy or continent diversion and also recognize all those who have helped them along the way.

Summer Break

Summer break is here, our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (the day after Labor Day.) In the meantime, Joanna Burgess has been kind enough to let us provide her "Summertime!!" presentation here to help you get the most out of summer break. Have a great summer and we'll get together again in September.

Dues Reminder

Just a quick reminder that as we get close to the end of the 2015-2016 season, dues for next year (2016-2017) should be sent to Ruth between now and August 15, 2016. You can get the form and the address on our Membership Application page or by clicking "Join" on the menu to the left.

Exercise Videos

Last month we had a presentation by Angela Richardson, CWOCN at Duke Healthcare and Lara Leininger, CWOCN at UNC Healthcare that included a number of exercises that are great for ostomates. There have been lots of requests for more information on how to do these exercises, so Angela and Lara have created a core muscle exercise video on YouTube geared specifically for the Ostomate. There are several exercises that you can do safely to help strengthen your core muscles. Go to this link to view:

Welcome to the 2015-2016 TAOA Season!!!

Hello Everyone, This is just a quick reminder that our 2015-2016 season will kick off next Tuesday, Sept. 1. Being the first, I figured it might sneak up on folks, so don't forget. We've got an exciting season lined up, starting with a presentation by Dr. Marc Benevides at our first meeting. Please come out and join us.

One more quick reminder that if you haven't paid your dues for 2015-2016, you should bring them to the meeting ($20) or fill out the form here on the site and get them mailed in to Ruth ASAP. Thanks.

WannaWearOne Ostomy AWEARness 5k

In case you haven't heard, two of our local WOC nurses (Lara Leininger of UNC Health Care and Angela Richardson of Duke University Health System) have been organizing an ostomy awareness event. Below is an excerpt of a letter to volunteers about the event:

Lara, Aaron (Lara's husband) and I have been busy with preparations for October 4th! It is quickly approaching and your support is critical to the success of this event.

We invite you to visit our official website at Here you can browse, register, and sign-up to volunteer for the race. There is a REGISTRATION tab where you can volunteer via the sign-up link. Again, we need you; your support is vital! Incentivized fundraising is another area you can make a big impact and even win a gift card. You will find more information under the DONATIONS tab.

We encourage you to start your own 5K team in your workplace; encourage nurses, doctors, and ostomates to join in the fun and fundraising activities. I have attached our race flyer in hopes that you will print a few and post them around your workplace, gyms, churches, and other places your frequently visit. I have also attached the press release that went out yesterday.

Again, we are seeking your participation in this inaugural event; one to benefit our ostomates across the country. We have the opportunity to be a member of their support team! They need you too!

Please take a moment to watch the video created by our UOAA contact, Doug Yakich. Doug is the social media chair with the National UOAA and has been a tremendous (and very creative) member of our 5K planning team!

For those of you who use Facebook, visit our page at

Let us know if you have any questions or ideas to share!

With much appreciation, Angela and Lara

We'd like to encourage everyone who is interested and able to get involved in this very worthy project. For more information, here is their press release and flyer.

President’s Message:

It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as President of the Triangle Area Ostomy Association since January of 2012. Following the April TAOA meeting, Sam DeAngelo, current vice-president, will assume the position of President of TAOA. I plan to remain an active member of TAOA and look forward to seeing you at meetings in the near future.

Thank you and best wishes,
Sam Bundy, President

Resources Added to Our Website

At our meeting last night, our ConvaTec representative, Myra Houser, told us about a few resources available from ConvaTec and I thought I'd pass them along to you. I try to avoid ads on this site, but at the same time I like to pass along links to places that may be useful to our members. This is not an endorsement for ConvaTec or any of its subsidiaries, just an informational post.

The first resource she mentioned is the medical supply distributor that ConvaTec has recently acquired, 180Medical which offers some special pricing on ConvaTec products and has an emphasis on customer service. I will put their contact info on the Links page but for your convenience, I am listing them here as well.

The second resource she mentioned is ConvaTec's online ostomy support forum. The forum can be found at The forum requires registration to post, but is free to access.

Happy New Year!

Help kick the new year off to a great start by joining us for the first meeting of 2014 on Tuesday January 7. As usual, we will be meeting in the Same Day Surgery Waiting Room at Rex Hospital in Raleigh NC. The meeting will start at 7:15.

Welcome Back for our Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Season!

Please don't forget our meeting tonight, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. We're getting started with a great slate of meeting topics, and some changes to the board members. You really should be there! See you tonight!

I've made some updates to the website, I hope you like them. We updated the UOAA logo to their current graphic, moved much of our old "news" from the home page to the News Archive Page, updated the officers and nurses lists, etc. If you see anything else about the website that needs updating/fixing or would like to contribute content, please catch me at a meeting, or send me some email - Ed

Meetings to Resume In September

Our meetings will resume Tuesday, September 3, 2013. That's the day after Labor Day, so don't let it sneak up on you! We're looking forward to another year at the Triangle Area Ostomy Association. If you haven't paid your dues, remember Ruth needs them BEFORE Sept. 1, so print the form from the newsletter or the link here on the site and send it along with your check to Ruth.

News Archive

To keep the home page down to a reasonable size, older news articles have been moved to an archive page.Click here to view the news archive.

About Us

The Triangle Ostomy Association is a volunteer organization composed primarily of ostomates with the purpose of supplementing the work of the surgeon by offering mutual aid and moral support through people who have learned to live with an ostomy. Trained members visit ostomy patients in hospitals and at their homes upon request and with consent of the patient's physician.

We publish a monthly newsletter and hold monthly meetings. We hope you will attend our monthly program to support our speakers and to become acquainted with our other members and to share your experiences as an ostomate. You do not have to be a member to attend - all are welcome.

United Ostomy Associations of America  

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