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Resources to Supplement Care

The following links are excellent resources to supplement your colorectal care at UCSF:

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA)

The United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports, empowers, and advocates for people who have had or who will have ostomy or continent diversion surgery. Over 750,000 Americans are living with an ostomy, and over 130,000 new life-saving ostomy surgeries occur in America yearly. You need answers—so you’ve reached the right site for information, help, and support. We are here for all people impacted by ostomy or continent diversion surgery. Whether you are seeking to join one of our 300+ Affiliated Support Groups, or whether you are an individual or medical provider seeking the answers you need, UOAA is here to help.

Girls With Guts
The mission of Girls With Guts is to empower girls and women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis) and ostomies to share their stories of confidence and to promote self-esteem.


Imagine this: a world where people with chronic health conditions get together and share their experiences living with disease. Where newly diagnosed patients can improve their outcomes by connecting with and learning from others who've gone before them. Where researchers learn more about what's working, what's not, and where the gaps are, so that they can develop new and better treatments. It's already happening at PatientsLikeMe. We're a free website where people can share their health data to track their progress, help others, and change medicine for good.

Ostomy support group and discussion community on the portal

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