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The United Ostomy Association is a volunteer-based health organization  dedicated to providing education, information, support, and advocacy for people who have had or will have intestinal or urinary diversions. 

We welcome anybody who has questions about their Ostomy, causes of Ostomy surgeries, skin issues, or any other question or concern.  Ostomates come in all ages and gather together to discuss common questions and solutions. We try to have a speaker on a relevant topic, leave time for open or one-on-one confidential discussion, and enjoy refreshments and camaraderie all within a one-hour meeting. 

Whether or not you want to join officially, please feel free to attend a meeting.  For more information, contact our chapter presidents  

We meet the Last Sunday of Each Month   2:00 P.M.


Next Meeting
May 31 2:00 P.M.

Alan and I look forward to being at this meeting and seeing you again.

See you at the meeting.
See President's Column for details.

Please check back to this site to see if we have a cancellation.
  If you have any Ostomy supplies that you are NOT using PLEASE bring them to the next meeting or call Sandy or Alan at 662-7639. We are getting a lot of calls from ostomates that have NO insurance whatsoever.

They would very much appreciate any assistance we can offer them.

  Well, with Memorial Day past, it is now feels like Summer! Time for swimming, picnics, planting our gardens, outdoor sports, getting together with family, and enjoying all that is good. And yet, these are the things that some of us must temporarily put aside in order to heal from our recent surgeries. Now I want to emphasize that the word temporary is very important. If you have a new ostomy, you will be able to enjoy all of these things in the future and you must keep that in mind!

I want to thank Frank Holt for being such a great help by holding the meetings these past months. We could not have done it without him.

Alan and I will both be at the next meeting, although I too
, must take head to be patient as I am still healing from my recent injury. But I have had the need for a fairly new product that I am passing along to you. I was bed-ridden for awhile and as an ostomate, you can imagine my fear of having a leak while I could not get out of the bed.

So to make a long story short: I had a sample of barrier strips and figured that this was the best test I could give them. So, how would you like to add a few days between your wafer changes? Not only that, but as you bend over, it gives you added security as well! I have seen the ads, but remained skeptical. Since I initially had to stay in bed and even when I got out of bed it took me a longer time to get to the bathroom, I could really give it a test. I will be showing a product, which is a must-have accessory that you will really enjoy using. So, come to the meeting and see for yourself!

Many of you have missed having Dr. Marvin Cohn, as well as his lovely wife, Dyane. Marvin contacted us to tell us that they had moved out of Nashville to be close to relatives.

On a sad note, he also said that Dyane had recently passed. She was a lovely lady and will be missed. We lucky to have them both as members of our support group.

The circle of giving and receiving has continued with ostomy supplies for those in need. Thank you all for your ostomy supply donations. We are doing our best to see that they are going to good homes So, thank you once more for thinking of our organization when the time comes to donate those supplies.

Healthcare is always in transition. So, have you been having trouble getting your ostomy supplies lately? If so, please give us a call to let us know what is going on with your supplies, as we have heard that some others have not been able to get theirs. Call us or come to our meetings to let us know what is going on with your own issues. We are gathering up some information so that we can give the best information about this situation.

Have you been having trouble getting your ostomy supplies lately? If so, please give us a call to let us know what is going on with your supplies, as we have heard that some others have not been able to get theirs. We are gathering up some information so that we can give the best information about this situation. If you have not had problems, please happily ignore this note.

  Also, I would encourage you to subscribe to the Phoenix
magazine, which is published by the United Ostomy Association of America.

If you have been to one of our meetings, you probably saw it there and I highly endorse this publication. It has some great survival stories of other ostomies, tips from nurses on how to live a greater quality of life and of course, advertising for quite a few supplies that help us to live a little easier.

You can go online and subscribe for this fine magazine

And if you are looking for a support group in your area you can go to
  During the past few months, we have been busy with referrals and have donated some supplies to some who have requested them. By the way, the same goes for our members, as well. If you do not have insurance
and run out of supplies,

just give me a call at 615-662-7639 & let me know what you need & I will do my best to match them with what has been donated to us.
  Looking forward to seeing at our next meeting this Sunday -
Alan and Sandra Ashendorf


Alan Ashendorf
488 Saddle Drive
Nashville, TN 37221

VICE-PRESIDENT: Sandra Ashendorf
488 Saddle Drive
Nashville, TN 37221
Rena Sawyer

Steve Eisen
527 W. Hillwood
Nashville TN 37205

Sandy Ashendorf, Co-President, happily passes on to Steve Eisen,
our Treasurer, a very generous and greatly appreciated contribution from Hollister.


  Change of Address:    Contact Steve Eisen, 353-0243 if you are changing you place of residence.  If you fail  to so this, you will not receive the Newsletter.    
  New Ostomates:     You will receive a complimentary Newsletter for 3 months post surgery.  You are encouraged to join our Chapter to receive your monthly newsletter after this introductory offer    
     Local membership only  (by email $10.00).  Mail check payable to the Nashville Ostomy Assoc. c/0 Steve Eisen, 524 W. Hillwood, Nashville , TN , 37205 .  If you are unable to pay these dues, please contact Steve at 353-0243.    
 Newsletter   You are encouraged to submit information, articles and suggestions to:  Alan or Sandra Ashendorf 488 Saddle Drive Nashville TN 37221 or Email  ostomy@total-solutions.net    
 WebMaster:    If you have anything that should appear on this site contact Alan Ashendorf     
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