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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
April 30
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.

This has been a beautiful spring with a lot of rain for our trees, flowers, and lawns. I also hope you had a chance 
to enjoy the holiday seasons we just had with our family and friends. 

As for me, I have had a chance to recuperate from my latest health situation and am looking forward to coming to 
our next meeting. 

Thanks so much also for Frank, who ably manned the ship at last meeting. We had a great meeting last month - 
with new folks as well as with a nursing student from MTSU. 
And best of all, there has been a noticeable difference in the ostomy training of our latest nursing students. 
That is a great thing for those of us who will be getting ostomies in the future, as well as those of us who 
already have an ostomy, but need to be in a hospital in the future. MTSU nurses' training, KEEP UP THE 

We also have two great holidays to look forward to - 

Mother's Day on May 14th 

Father's Day on June 18th, 

so make the most of them both! 

See ya next Sunday! 
Sandra & Alan

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     
  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.