SUNDAY, January 13, 2019 meeting is



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SUNDAY February 10, 2019 at 12 Noon

Separate Discussion Groups: Colostomy, Ileostomy, Urostomy and J-Pouch with our WOCNs

Location: First Floor Rms 2 & 3

Holy Cross Hospital

1500 Forest Glen Road

Silver Spring, MD 2091

See Driving Directions Below

MMOA meets the 2nd Sunday of each month

(except May & August)

Meetings consist of:

  • group discussion in breakout sessions with WOCN's
  • suppliers’ representatives with the latest in stoma care equipment
  • guest speakers: Doctors, Surgeons, GI's, WOCN's, psychologists, nutritionists, etc...
  • a December Holiday party with representatives from ostomy suppliers
  • an annual raffle fund-raiser

Meetings are open to:

  • all who have or will have ostomy or diversionary surgery
  • relatives, friends, and care givers
  • medical/healthcare professionals

We meet to:

  • give support and encouragement to each other
  • be role models for new ostomates, showing them an active life can continue
  • learn what is new in management equipment
  • share accomplishments and renew a positive attitude for life 


  • Your presence encourages others
  • No matter how long ago your surgery or how many meetings you attend there is always something new to learn 

Calendar of Current and Past Meetings:


  • Jan 11 - A Memorial for Scott Bowling, our President
  • Feb 8 - Making Good Nutritin Work by Sylvia Faga, MS,RD
  • Mar 8 - Holistic Approach to Health and Aging by Brian Sanderoff
  • Apr 12 - Carrie O"Ferrall, Representaive of Coloplast 
  • May - No meeting due to Mother's Day
  • June 14 - Paul Baron, Representative of Northern Pharmacy
  • July 12 - Breakout Discussion Groups
  • Aug - No meeting due to Summer Break
  • Sept 13 - Lisa Khan, Representative of ConvaTec
  • Oct 11 - Breakout Discussion Groups 
  • Nov 8 - Breakout Discussion Groups  
  • Dec 13 - Holiday Party and Product Fair                                                                                                                                                                                                 2014
  • Jan 12  -  Guest Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C, DCSW: "Making the Invisible Visible: Treating Chronic Pain"
  • Feb 9   -   Linda Adelson, RN, CWOCN: "The Types of Ostomies"
  • Mar 9   -   40th Anniversary Brunch at the Sheraton Hotel - Silver Spring - 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. with special guests Lisa Becker of Ostomysecrets and Brenda Elsagher, Author/Comedian, Colostomy Ostomate and Colon Cancer Survivor. Also Founders Horace and Vi Saunders were present. 
  • Apr 13   -  One Large Discussion Group on all ostomy surgeries
  • May   -   No Meeting in May due to Mothers' Day
  • June   -   WOCN Presentation by Linda Adelson
  • July   -    Urostomy, Your Ostomy - a panel of MMOA Urostomates
  • Aug   -    No Meeting in August due to Summer Break
  • Sep   -    Breakout Discussion Groups
  • Oct   -    WOCN Presentation by Linda Adelson & Linda D'Angelo
  • Nov  -   Election of Executive board and Visitor Training Program
  • Dec 14 - Holiday Party and Product Fair


  • Jan 12   - Scott Bowling "Metro Maryland and You"
  • Mar 10   - Repeat by Request of Scott's "Metro Maryland and You"
  • Jun 9   -   Special Guest Jennifer Stein: "Let Me Tell You About My Four Stomas"
  • Jul 14   -   Noel Eldridge "Being an Educated Patient, Advocating for Yourself; Safe and Patient-Centered Healthcare."
  • August  -  Annual Summer Break - No Meeting
  • Sep 8   -   Breakout Discussion Groups
  • Oct 13  -   Marie Warner, EMT from Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services: "Fire Safety in the Home and Emergency Medical Services" 
  • Nov 10  -  Alison Ehrlich, MD, MHS, FAAD, of George Washington University: "Update on Stoma Dermatitis" with assistants Research Fellows Jack Short, MD and Samah Hajjar, MD (Dermatology).
  • Dec 8    -  Holiday Party and Ostomy Products Fair


  • Jan 8    - Breakout Discussion Groups
  • Feb 12  - Carrie O'Ferrall from Coloplast
  • Mar 11  - Breakout Discussion Groups
  • No April Meeting due to Easter 
  • No May Meeting due to Mother's Day
  • Jun 10 -  Breakout Discussion Groups
  • July 8  -  Special tribute to Carol Pettus, WOCN
  • No August Meeting due to summer vacations 
  • Sept 9  - Bruce Fishman, New Hampshire Pharmacy
  • Oct 14   - Aline Charabaty, MD Georgetown University Department of Gastroenterology 
  • Nov 11  - Separate Discussion Grooups
  • Dec 9 - Holiday Party and Ostomy Products Fair



  • Jan-Mar - No meetings (searching for appropriate meeting location)
  • Apr - Speaker Ann Sloane – Managing Stress (at Non-Profit Village)
  • May - No meeting (Mothers’ Day)
  • Jun – Breakout Discussion Groups
  • Jul – Speaker Noel Eldridge - Checklists for Your Health
  • Aug – No Meeting (summer break)
  • Sep – Breakout Discussion Groups
  • Oct – Panel of Members: Travel Helps
  • Nov – Speaker Linda Adelson, RN, WOCN – Home Care
  • Dec – Holiday Party (1st meeting at Holy Cross Hospital)



  • Jan – Breakout Discussion Groups
  • Feb – Cancelled (snow storm)
  • Mar – Speaker Grace Cooley, Coloplast Representative
  • Apr – Speaker Sheri Craig, Hollister Representative
  • May – No Meeting (Mothers’ Day)
  • Jun – Breakout Discussion Groups
  • Jul – Speaker Noel Eldridge – Sharing Health Care Tips
  • Aug – No Meeting (summer break)
  • Sep – Speaker Lisa Becker – Ostomy Secrets (cancelled)
  • Oct – Speaker Dr Richard Chasen, MD, FACG – Good News for IBD
  • Nov – Election of Executive Board and Breakout Groups
  • Dec – Holiday Party (last meeting at Washington Adventist Hospital)



Driving Directions to MMOA Meetings:

Holy Cross Hospital
1500 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

  • From West/VA - Take Beltway I-495 going east to Exit 31A. Merge onto MD-97 N/Georgia Ave toward Wheaton. Turn right onto Forest Glen Rd (0.3 mile). Hospital will be on right (0.4 mile) at 1500 Forest Glen Road.
  • From East/PG County - Take Beltway I-495 going West to Exit 31 for MD-97/Georgia Ave toward Silver Spring/Wheaton. Keep right at fork, and merge onto MD-97 N/Georgia Ave (0.1 mile). Turn right onto Forest Glen Rd (0.3 mile). Hospital will be on right (0.4 mile) at 1500 Forest Glen Road.
  • From points North (Germantown/Gaithersburg) - Take Interstate 270 S and merge onto Beltway I-495. Take Exit 31A and merge onto MD-97 N/Georgia Ave toward Wheaton (0.3 mile). Turn right onto Forest Glen Road (0.4 mile). Hospital will be on right (0.4 mile) at 1500 Forest Glen Road.
  • For those traveling on Georgia Ave - From the South, take Georgia Ave North, cross over the Beltway, and turn right onto Forest Glen Road. From the North, take Georgia Ave South to just before the Beltway. Turn left onto Forest Glen Road. Hospital will be on right (0.4 mile) at 1500 Forest Glen Rd.

Park in lot (or underground lot & use elevator to hospital entrance) or in the many handicap spaces in front of the hospital. Parking is free but there is no valet parking on Sunday. Enter through the front entrance. Just past the large Information Desk, turn right into the Community Education Center wing . MMOA meets in one of the rooms on the right side of the Hall.

When I first had my ostomy, I felt like I was one of a few. At MMOA I am one of many. The support and friendship of the group is a blessing.