‘RoboCop’ fights crime with Ostomy Armor.
Ed Rowland, 36, jokes he is following in the 1988 character’s footsteps after a deadly bowel condition left him requiring the stoma bag.
Ed Rowland is proud to be fighting crime – and prejudice – as a real-life RoboCop. The custody sergeant had to be fitted with a stoma bag in an ileostomy operation so that he could beat a deadly bowel condition. But he did not want to give up his job with Devon and Cornwall Police – so he searched the web and found a firm selling titanium armour developed for US military veterans fitted with stoma bags. Now back on the front line, he reckons he is following in the footsteps of the 1988 film character.Ed, 36, said: “When I’m wearing my armour it makes me feel a bit like RoboCop.
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What is it that has enabled you to continue being a front-line officer?
- Determination – I’ve had to work very hard physically and mentally to get to where I am now.
- Support – “The Job” have been incredibly flexible and have supported me in getting back to the role I wanted.
- Kit – I couldn’t do this dangerous job without the right protection. I wouldn’t be allowed, and I wouldn’t risk it. That’s where Ostomy Armour comes in!
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Got my new titanium max from Ostomy Armor and wanted to do a quick review after a couple days of field testing. First off I want to thank Gillian at Ostomy Armor for all her help. She made ordering one so easy. Alright, so as you can see this product is a heavy duty guard to protect your stoma. Not only did it meet my expectations it exceeded them in quality and comfort. For such a hefty guard you can’t even tell I’m wearing one when my shirt is pulled down. Second once you snug up the belt it stays that way. The quality and the craftsmanship are amazing. Once you get used to actually wearing something you don’t even notice it’s there. No sharp or pokey edges. I feel a lot more confident my bag won’t fall off if it fills up lol. With this guard in place the bag is going no where. This also goes a long way in terms of hernia support and obviously I no longer worry about banging or hurting my stoma. My biggest concern when I first saw it was that it would dig into my gut or legs then sitting but this is not the case. Just as comfy sitting as it is standing. So all in all I would highly recommend this product to anyone with an ostomy for sure. Just to give a little background as to what I do and why I ordered it. For work I build power lines so my job is very physical with lots of big heavy tools and materials. Wear a lot of different belts from climbing belts to fall arrest harness to normal tool belts. My stoma and bags were taking a beating so that was a major factor in purchasing this product. At home I have 6 kids 10 and under who love to jump on me as well as an 80 pound puppy who’s not quite a year old yet lol. So even when I’m not working there is no shortage of danger to my stoma lol. So In the end I feel this product will be a huge benefit to me. If I had to find something negative to say about Ostomy Armor it would be a stretch lol. I guess maybe just that I need to empty my bag more than I’m used to because you have something clamping down taking up a bit of bag space. But that’s not really a negative is it. #stoma #stomalife #ileostomy #nocolonstillrollin #ostomyarmor
Thanks again. Ryan
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On 2018-08-25 22:00, Nathan Deas wrote:
Hello, I purchased an ostomy armor a year or two ago. I have been using it for dirt biking. It works excellent as I have had many times to test it out directly and I came out with no injury. In one instance when I was accelerating in a straight away, my chain came off, made me slide in a 360 and fall. After I stopped rolling I landed on all 4’s perpendicular to the dirt track. I looked to my right and saw a fellow Marine who was behind me, who had been accelerating as well. I saw his font tire lock up a second before he hit me.
He hit me broad side with his front tire directly on the stoma. I was wearing my titanium ostomy armor. He punted me into the air and I rolled farther down the track. I stopped again on all fours and crawled off the track. My stoma was completely fine and I suffered no injuries although it did completely knock the wind out of me. Being a jarhead, as soon as I could catch my breath I jumped up grabbed the bike and jumped on the kickstarter to take back off. Ha! The other Marine stopped me as apparently I was disoriented and had picked up his bike. The point being the armour did its job and I was able to get back out there shortly after I oriented myself.
Anyway it works great on the dirt bike and I will keep wearing it when I go!
Thank you for the outstanding product, and for making a custom Marine Corps one for me. So many people have helped me out and encouraged me in this adventure called post surgery. One of the first was you Gordon. I wanted to become an EMT and thought that was impossible with a bag. After you talked to me and sent me my armor it encouraged me to finish EMT school and go on to Advanced EMT. My dream was realized as I started working full time for a local transport company and part time at the Rescue Squad. You inspired me to constantly want to do more and go farther than I thought was possible! Thank you sir!
Nathan Deas (Name printed with permission )
Aug 28 2018
Hey there – this is Josh and I spoke with (Gordon) Scott several years ago when I purchased my ostomy armor. This past week I went backpacking for 30 miles in a remote section of Glacier National Park in Montana. I could not have done it without ostomy armor as my hip belt rides across the stoma! My armor has held up remarkably well in the three years I’ve had it. Thanks!
In the years since my ileostomy surgery I’ve been able to get back to all my activities that ulcerative colitis took from me for over a decade. I even got my FAA helicopter license reinstated.
At any rate, I’m grateful to the Ostomy Armor team for a great product! In the near future I hope to thru hike the Appalachian trail and you can bet I’ll be wearing my Ostomy Armor.
You have my permission to use the photo and any associated description of me and the trip!! JB
We received this letter in June 2018. Full name is printed with permission.
Hi Gillian, Here is my review for you to post.
I had to have surgery due to diverticulitis. After surgery, there is enough mental things that run trough your head, let alone not wanting to let people know or see that I have a colostomy. So I searched online and found Stealthbelt. I bought there top of the line belt for $160. I thought this was a godsend. It kept everything discreet which was my main objective. As a few months went on, the belt got looser and looser and never really gave the support that was needed to lift heavy objects or do some of the physical activities that I enjoy. Now because of this, I have developed a hernia which I know will require surgery sometime in the future.
This prompted me to online search again. I came across ostomy armor. I thought the belts were a bit pricey, but if it does the job like you claim, then it would be worth it. I bought a titanium max. By no means am I going to say that I can barely feel it on, because let’s be real, if your wearing something tight around your body, then your going to feel it.
However, this belt is comfortable and does hold everything in very very well and has stopped the hernia from getting any worse. It is also very discreet, which again I LOVE. I do wear above my waistline, because I do not want to have anything in my waistline when I’m wearing jeans. Because of this, the belt did pinch a little bit when I would bend over, so I contacted ostomy armor, ordered a new titanium belt with the idea to modify it. I received the new belt and love the alteration that they made for me. Now I need to send my first belt back to have the same alteration done to it.
They are very accommodating to my needs and have me back to being able to do whatever I want. So in short, the ostomy armor belt is by far the superior product to keep my life as close to what it was before surgery. Thank you.
Original Message ——–
Subject: Ostomy Armor
Date: 2018-05-01 23:12
From: Barbara M
I just want to thank you for making such a wonderful product. After my
husband’s surgery four years ago, he bought two belts from another
company, but he was experiencing leaks which made him afraid to go
places and do things such as ride his motorcycle. He needed to have a
complete change of clothing with him when he went somewhere, in case he
had a leak. He has been using Ostomy Armor for a couple of years now,
and now he doesn’t have leaks. What a relief!
_Barbara M. _
March 2018. Dave Johnson in the UK wrote:
A quick note to let you know that my order has arrived in the UK.
Really impressed with the belt. The first time I used it I moved 3 tonnes of 6” concrete blocks. The belt provided real protection and gave 100% confidence. I was worried that this part of my life would go forever after the cancer diagnosis.
Luckily I have recently had a clear scan result, and with the help of your products and others from the NHS I am getting back to full strength 4 months after major surgery.
I am really grateful to you for your sound advice and superb service. I will be back for more from Ostomy Armour soon.
Please carry on the great work you are doing and feel free to pass this message on to your employees and clients.
Thanks and regards
Dave. Please feel free to use my full name in any testimonial.
Dec 2017: This is Ty H. He is 12 years old and an example to us all.
Here is what Ty’s mother Janna wrote:
Ty was diagnosed with a severe case of Crohns disease back in June of 2014. The next three years would be consumed with doctor’s appointments, surgeries, infusions and multiple medications that would not be successful. His spirits always remained high though he could not do all that he loved. Being a natural athlete he competed in many sports and continued to, though it had become more difficult. There was one that he could not (compete in) and that was wrestling. Finally we were getting on track and he was feeling much better after having his colon removed. This seemed bitter sweet since what was helping him appeared to be what would also keep him from finally returning to the mat. He still played other sports with NG tubes and ilestomy but now he can get back to the one he missed the most! Wrestling is tough and especially when other medical issues keep you from top strength.
Then we discovered Ostomy Armour. Something that would protect his stoma and give him the security and confidence to participate in one of the most physical sports there is. This fall he returned to practice and began working on getting his strength back. He is now the strongest he has ever been and shows us that there is always a way to do what you love.
Over three years since he could compete .
First wrestling tournament and he took 2nd place.”
(The owners and designers of Ostomy Armor thoroughly applaud and salute Ty’s determined spirit and attitude. This is the type of story that compels us to continue our work. We would like to thank Janna H. for sharing her son’s story with us. )
(Note: You will notice the outline of the Titanium Max under Ty’s wrestling singlet. If you are wearing tight spandex, the shape of the Armor will be visible. If you are wearing “normal” everyday clothing, nobody will know you are wearing it.)
“I have the titanium model with a cobra buckle. I use it every day when I drive. I work at an office job and I don’t need to wear it all day for protection. So I usually take it off when I get to work. I have worn it all day on some occasions though. Driving with the ostomy was something that really made me nervous. My confidence has been restored. I also use this product when I practice karate. It is very comfortable and I hardly notice that I have it on. Last night during a self defense test I got kicked right on the armor (I was the attacker). It must have seemed funny that I was smiling after getting kicked, but I was very happy I was wearing my armor! I used to need to have a roll of plastic wrap and buy rolls of cloth tape to cover my bag when I showered. This was particularly inconvenient when I went camping or on any travel away from home. It is difficult to pack light when you have a roll of plastic wrap, tape and paper towels in your bag . I bought a packaged deal with my ostomy armor that included the shower armor. The plastic wrap and tape and paper towels are out of my life. I fold the bag and frame and keep the shower armor over it. The bag gets a little wet but dries very quickly. This is a time saver on a near-daily basis. Gordon, thank you for these products. Great value for the money. They truly make life with the ostomy so much better.” – Seth B.. visitor post on Facebook, Nov 10, 2017
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon, Tim N.
I wanted to let you know, I received my belt with the new alterations, it is perfect… I just wanted to say thank you, your company did an outstanding job, and your customer service department was very helpful… thank you once again….”
Thank you so much!! It was amazing how wonderful you have been. For me having an ostomy has been difficult for many reasons). I pray every day that my strength will build to get it reversed. My surgeon is my hero and I know he will do everything he can to get me there.
Its sad but in todays world what I see a lot of is companies trying to make money. Ostomy Armor has been wonderful to work with (you have been wonderful to work with. I only ask that you forward this email so
that a/your supervisor knows how awesome you are. Thank you for being in constant contact with me. It means more than you know.
“I have and Ostomy Armor that I need to send back for a rebuild (normal wear and tear) that is 5 years old now but otherwise still works. I got a Stomaplex for a gift a few years ago, it’s garbage. Started falling apart almost immediately. They sent me a second as a warranty, same result.” Aaron D.
Prior to Ostomy Armor, I had ruled out the possibility of competitive swimming due to my concerns about damaging my ostomy or pouch leakage caused by impact with the water from the competition platform”
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Very pleased with my Ostomy Armor purchase, as it’s allowed me to get back into the strength sports I love.
I even managed to place first in a strong(wo)man competition, lifting 175# atlas stones safely thanks to your device.
19 August 2014 22:16 received the ostomy armor and I love it very much! it is the best I wear. Thank you so much Gordon Scott for the ostomy armor!
8/19/2014 1:53 PM
I have been using your armor for a few months now. I love it, its has increased the wear time of my wafers and
almost completely eliminated my prolapsing issue.
I am going to order another one but I was wondering if you would be able to do some customization to it?
Mostly I was wondering if you could make the armor and the armored bag face one piece?
you bet I can do that for you! I will even modify your old Armor if you like.
May I please use your comments on the website?
Gordon, that would be great! I’d like to get this one ordered first then look at modifying my old one as I could not go without one.
Yes you can use my comments for the website.
Gordon, thank you for the modification on my Armor! I have been able to completely enjoy my summer!
(What have you been doing?) Hiking, diving, getting caught up on yard work, I haven’t had to slow down.
Wow! Im speechless! I decided to try armor waste wicks while going swimming since the coloplast water barriers kept leaving sticky residue after getting wet and would then stick to my clothing. With the wick, i was delighted to find that there was no stickyness afterwards! I will not be debating weather it pays to swim or not ever again!
These wicks will save your clothes from imminent disaster. And your bed sheets as well when the rare blow-out occurs.
I don’t even notice them on.
08/26/2014 From: Paul P. Subject: absolutely great product Message Body: I'm a woodworker and custom carpenter and a year ago I purchased your armor and without it life would suck. Thanks for what you have done----Paul ( my new one is purple--far out )
08/26/2014 Gordon, I just received the subject order for the Ostomy Armor Senior and I need to have the buckle strap lengthened if possible. The belt fits as made, but there is no room for adjustment should my weight increase. Please let me know if it is possible to replace the strap with one that is 2 inches longer. The belt appears to be of high quality and I am very satisfied with it except for the size. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Sam T.
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Thank you again for everything. I am certain I will be a life long customer.
Hello Gordon, I contacted you months ago about resizing my Armor because I had lost a bunch of weight running. Well, shortly after that I suffered a knee injury that halted my running for a short time. However, I am now back at and continue to lose weight as the Armor you created has allowed me to get into the best shape of my life. As you can imagine I am pretty attached to this belt. Thank you so much for your help and for creating the Ostomy Armor. I love it! By the way, I have attached a few pictures. One of me after finishing a half marathon in November(first ever) and a couple of me hiking with my family. All made possible because of your creation, the Ostomy Armor. Thank you! –Michael J Feehan II
“I ordered a Toddler Armour from you a while ago and so far it has been brilliant, it has made life much easier for everyone.” –Becky S. “T-Ball Tike…
This is the second armor we have bought. I got the first one just before my nephew started kindergarten.He is now halfway thru 1st grade and has just about worn it out. Your product has allowed this little boy to be as crazy and distructive as every other 6 year old boy in his class. It also gave mom the peace of mind that he would not be injured and allowed him to play his very first sport this last summer, T-Ball. He was so excited and proud to be able to play with all his friends. Thank you so much for making a product that includes children (something very, very hard to find in the ostomy product world.)” –Stacy M March 17, 2012
Dear Mr. Scott, I wanted thank you so much for your pep talk the other day. You’re such an inspiration to active people who have to get an ostomy. Until I found your product on a forum and found your site, I was so bummed out because I am such an active and sporty individual. I thought the life I knew was over. I’m so glad you took the initiative and had the knowledge to do what you have done with the Ostomy Armor™. I also wanted to let you know that early this morning I had such an urge to pray for you. I prayed for your condition to get better so you can keep having a positive impact on people’s lives such as mine and your friends and family. Once again, thank you and I hope and pray for you. Sincerely, Adam M.
September 12, 2011 Greetings Gordon: I hope this note finds both you and the missus doing well. I wanted to provide some feedback on the Ostomy Armor belt I purchased 01/08/11. Yes, this feedback is delayed, but you may recall I lost my roommate back in November 2010 right after you were here to speak with our groups. Grief seems to slow down all processes and my feedback was affected, yet I felt it was important not to let this go. The Belt is a superior product made with excellent materials. Instructions were good. At the time you presented to our Houston groups the material was accepted without question. However, it was also viewed as ‘special’ not for the average Joe, so actual orders did not appear. Only a small percentage of ostomates are ‘maniacs’, most are Moms, Dads, teenagers, Grandmas and Pas that see physical challenge in mowing their yards, walking the dogs and occasionally hiking through Wal-Mart. It was easy to discount the need for your product because they could not identify with the maniac role model. So I suggest this idea for consideration. Create a SD model (sissy design or special design) made of lighter grade, more flexible materials, maybe 5$ – 10$ cheaper end cost for those less than maniac moments where stoma protection is still desired (fishing, mowing, yard work, mall walking) but armor plating or invincible coverage not needed. Marketing could be fun for the AARP Group. Imagine Gramps picking up little great grandkid and getting kicked in the stoma – but safe due to his SD model. New mates are terrified of seatbelts, the list is endless. Your patented design cannot be beat. It would be a shame for it to be under marketed and not available to everyone. The best comparison I can think of here is Hummer 2 and the SUV. Few own the Hummers, many own the SUVs. Also I would add an instruction video to your web site demonstrating the best way to put the belt on, placement, how tight to make it and what to do with excess straps. Many of these guides are out on You-Tube for various topics. Again, thank you for everything you are doing for the ostomy community. Sincerely, Patti S. Houston, TX
August 1, 2011 Hello Gordon, I received the Armour today, Fitted it straight away, it feels great, (getting rid of the “thin” hollister waist belt is terrific), fantastic to be able to now wear my belt over my stoma allows so much more natural movement while working. Thanks for making such a great product. May I put up a page on my web site and link to your armor site. Plus I’ll show my Urologist on next vist; he, I suspect will recommend it to others. You may use my words on you site if you like, later I can write a fuller piece after some time using the armor in my profession, (Freelance Cameraman) Thanks again from down-under. Cheers, Tom K. O-Line Video
October 15, 2010 Ostomy Armor™ From the following article on the UOAA Discussion Board: http://www.ostomy.org/forum/index.php I usually don’t endorse products but this one here has made a difference to me. First a little background. My stoma is right on my waistline. I had figured out 4 choices on how to wear my pants. 1. Up high which I call the old man/Urkel style. 2. down low which I call gangsta/plumber style. 3. Loose waist and suspenders which I call the Elmer Fudd style. 4. Bib overalls which I call the farmer style. I got the Ostomy Armor months ago and thought it was bulky so I decided to wait until I went to work to wear it. I got here at work and started wearing it for protection/support. I realized I could wear my pants right across my stoma. It allows drainage into the bag and only reduces bag capacity a little bit. I can wear pants like a real man now just like I used to plus have stoma protection and support. I have been wearing it with the optional sweat covers in 100+ degree weather her in Kuwait without any problems. I have already ordered another one for home without any back strap padding. I think I might be able to wear the pants I was wearing when I went in for surgury. I know one thing I’m going to prove that Ostomy nurse wrong that measured me for my stoma placement. She looked at my belt buckle and said “you will never wear that belt and buckle again”. Sorry for the long post but it is a brightspot when any normalcy returns in my life. I also thought there might be someone out there with the same Urkel/gangtsa/Fudd/farmer pants problem that I had or just needs stoma protection and support. Gordon Scott makes them and he has been great to deal with. His website is http://www.ostomyarmor.com/index.php Thanks Mike
August 13, 2010 From Tamara Hello!!! Didn’t had time to tell you sooner, I received the armor last Monday and I LOVE IT!!!! I’ve been wearing it during work and it protects me perfectly. Tomorrow I’m going to a music festival, lots and lots of people and wearing my Ostomy Armor™ I don’t have to be scared they will accidentally hurt my Ostomy 🙂 big thank you from Holland Tamara K.
June 22, 2010 Satisfaction Ostomy Armor Dear Gordon: I am greatly pleased with your product. After several months usage my periostomal hernia is about 70% reduced. My clothes fit better — I feel more self-confident. In our prior conversation I indicated that I used Coloplast Assura and did not see it on your website, that led to my delaying obtaining your product by over one year. Please let others know plainly that Coloplast Assura works very well. You may use any part (including minor editing, and including my name) if you wish to post this to your website. Thank you, thank you, thank you; you saved me needing surgery and I am forever grateful. I wish the very best to you and your spouse, may God be with you always. Sincerely yours, David C.
June 12, 2010 Myself Update… I recently had tests and they decided that there was a chance to reconnect me up, not 100%, but good. I came to the hospital on the 2nd of June, the operation was the 4th of June, 5 more hours on the operating table. I was a bit nervous to say the least, but this time I woke up to everything back in its’ place, all plumbing and the main valve working as they should. I will leave hospital around next Thursday/Friday. Yes my problems have not been earth shattering, there is so much misery in this world, but I feel like I have been given a second bite at the cherry and intend to take it with gusto. So I feel bloody great. It’s good to be in the toilet paper market again!!! I cannot express in words the confidence that your strong personality has given me, it will follow me the rest of my life, no I did not like having a stoma, but like you advised, I did not let it stop me doing the things that I did before. So thank you again Gordon for all your help and advice, not to mention your excellent product. This is being donated to a very good stoma nurse Fried that we have in Japan, she wants to show patients how they can protect themselves and get confidence to do things without fearing damage in that area. Please keep in touch from time to time, maybe we will be in UK at the same time sometime. Tom J.
June 8, 2010 Feedback I want to tell you how happy and satisfied my husband R. is with his Ostomy Armor (with the USMC logo!). I was in desperation that I searched and found your site. He had been so depressed for so long, with accidents and incidents with his ostomy. Embarrassed in public places, and humiliated among family even though we all sympathize and understand. He had tried to craft something himself without success. When I showed him your site he felt for the first time there was something that might work as it incorporated the “channel” that is so important. We have given it this amount of time to be sure that it was all that it was represented to be and that it would perform as we hoped. It has exceeded both out expectations! He has renewed confidence and self-esteem. On his visit to the MD yesterday, the Dr. was very interested in the OA as well and R. explained the features. We will be going at the end of this month to the Ostomy Group meeting in Joplin, MO which comprises people from MO/KS/AR/OK and he will certainly be a part of the “show and tell”. It is so humid in this area of the country that you can almost “drink the air”. People who want to be active have issues with sweat/friction/heat, etc. – in usual activities, let alone recreational. Prior to the Ostomy Armor™, R. had been unable to use his seatbelt while driving. The position of his body even without the belt forced liquid back up into the top of the pouch where it would then leak or pop off. He has had not one single incident since wearing it! Before too long we will probably be ordering a second one to use as a trade off. The only question he has is: Is there a way to make the USMC logo more prominent/larger? He really really likes that… and to think I originally said ‘no’ when you suggested it – shows how much I know about the Mind of a Marine, huh? Thanks again – You may use my comments in any way you choose as they are heartfelt and honest and might help someone else going through these problems (tho I would prefer our entire names not be used – due to the efficiency of Google in delivering absolutely everything to everyone!) As for me I have only one question – is there a preferred way of cleaning it? I have been using mild baby lotion which is designed to gently remove proteins mixed half and half with water but was wondering if there was something I should be using instead? Thanks again Renee C.