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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
Sept 28 2:00 P.M.

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. 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.


  Greetings to both Members & Visitors!
  First - thank you, Frank for holding our meeting last month when we couldn't be available. We couldn't have had the meeting without your help.

And now, for the welcome to our delicious fall weather. Although we've had some hot days, we're beginning to feel the cool evenings and some early days of fall. Very soon we'll be looking at the brilliant colors and looking forward to Halloween. I personally love this time of year. Hope you can get out and enjoy this time of year.


And this circle continues -

What do I mean by that? Thank you to those generous folks come by to donate ostomy supplies for any one who is in need of them as - well as others who have been in need of supplies. Both of them are giving of themselves. And what do I mean by that? One of the things I learned by my long hospital stay, was that there are those who give of themselves by giving their time, money, talents and other resources, as well as those who also give by being on the receiving end in that chain of events. Remember what it felt like to look up and see a health care worker (a nurse or doctor) look down at you and know that they had your best interest at heart?

As I see it, a life well lived is when you have had the opportunity to experience both states of existence within your life. I have learned by my own health issues that sometimes it takes a lot to be humble enough to receive from those who would give to you. So, thank you all who donate, as well as those who are in need of those donations.

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     
  The documents contained within these web pages are presented expressly for informational purposes only. In no way are any of the materials presented  here meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention  by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your condition, or before starting a new program of treatment. The United Ostomy Association and operators of this website are not  responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for ANY form of damages whatsoever resulting from the use (or misuse) of information  contained in or implied by these documents.