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.

Summer Break

Hello Everyone! Just a quick reminder that we don't meet in July or August. Have a great summer and we'll see you at our next meeting on September 7, 2021. 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.

Joanna Burgess has been kind enough to let us provide her "Summertime!!" presentation here to help you get the most out of summer break.

Ostomy Awareness Day

Every three years ostomy organizations around the world celebrate World Ostomy Day and October, 2, 2021 will be the 10th time this special event is taking place. This year’s motto as designated by the European Ostomy Association is “Ostomates’ Rights are Human Rights – anytime and anywhere!” You can find more information at

Exercise Video

Angela Richardson, CWOCN at Duke Healthcare and Lara Leininger, CWOCN at UNC Healthcare 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:

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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