Q. Where can I get free or low-cost colostomy supplies? I'm having a hard time paying my bills. Is there a place where I can call and talk with someone else who has a colostomy?

A.

Adjusting to an ostomy can be difficult at first. With time, however, most people find them easy to manage and pain-free. Most hospitals have ostomy nurses who help with learning the steps needed to fit the appliance properly. These nurses may also be able to connect you with local resources for supplies.

Here are some resources that might be able to help:

The United Ostomy Association of America can also connect you with peer-to-peer support as well.

Hopefully, these organizations will help with the cost of these needed supplies.