About the Author: Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary


Hi there, my name is Kevin Cleary. I was born in Westchester County in 1966 on December 3. I lived there until 1973 when my family moved. I graduated from high school in 1984 and then attended college in New Jersey, where I graduated with a marketing degree in 1988. Upon graduating, I worked with Enterprise Rent a Car doing sales for two years after which I joined the New York Telephone Company as a field technician. Growing up and through adulthood I was very active in many different sports including football, soccer, softball, and ice hockey amongst others. In 1995 I married my long time girlfriend Robin and in 1996 we moved to Connecticut. In 2000 we welcomed a son into the world. He has grown up to be a great kid!! In April 2006 I was injured jumping on a trampoline with my son and injured my neck to the point where I am a quadriplegic. Things changed rather rapidly after that and I was forced to learn things about the medical product field that I would otherwise not have known. After several years of therapy I have been able to determine which medical accessories are effective for my condition such as wheelchairs, standing frames, neuromuscular stimulators, as well as other rehab/therapy items. I have worked with doctors, therapists, and other patients to determine what will be right for me. While working with my therapists, we sometimes would design something while thinking outside of the box to make something work. Some of this work that I have done have been utilized for patients other than me. This hands-on insight has helped me with research that I have done for HPFY. Although my condition limits me, I try to get out as often as I can. I enjoy sampling cuisines from different countries not to mention a good glass of single malt scotch!! I try to keep up with the sports that I used to follow even though I can’t participate in them. I still enjoy listening to music from around the world and a good comedy always makes me laugh. I like to think that I am technologically competent, since my job with the phone company was technically based (working with multiplexers, digital systems, and computers).

Kevin Cleary's Articles

Teenage Ostomy: Making It Less Awkward

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 by Kevin Cleary

Adjusting to life with an ostomy can be difficult and young adults, and teenagers in particular, can have self image issues. Knowing that you are not alone and that there are other teens and young adults that have already faced this challenge will help you cope and adapt to your ostomy.

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Posted in Pediatric/Mini Size

How Exactly Does a Colostomy Differ from an Ileostomy?

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by Kevin Cleary

Many people would think that any type of surgery to correct an issue with your intestines would be lumped into the same category, but that is completely untrue. While there can be many causes for the need for surgery, where this surgery takes place in the intestinal tract determines whether or not a colostomy is needed or an ileostomy.

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Posted in Surgery Type

Choose Your Pouch: 1 Piece vs. 2 Piece

Posted on Jan 03, 2015 by Kevin Cleary

Once the reality of living with a colostomy or an ileostomy sets in, there will inevitably be a flood of questions. What does this mean? What will I need? How will I live with this? It can be an unsettling time since so much will be unknown.

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Posted in 1-Piece Ostomy Bags 2-Piece Ostomy Bags

Measuring Your Stoma

Posted on Jun 05, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

The key to living with your ostomy and maintaining your quality of life is making sure you use the correct equipment and accessories that fit you. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to ostomy appliances.

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Posted in Stoma Cutter

Caring for Your Ostomy

Posted on Jun 05, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

The ability to live a fulfilling life with your ostomy with all the products on the market is a matter of caring for your ostomy (colostomy/ileostomy/urostomy) appliance and skincare. Aside from using the proper pouch appliance, peristomal skincare is crucial. It’s always important to be proactive as opposed to reactive when it comes to caring for your ostomy.

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Odor Control for Your Ostomy

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Living with your ostomy (whether colostomy/ileostomy or urostomy) creates a unique set of challenges. Aside from the possible health issues, the issue of maintaining your quality of life can come to the forefront. Since you are no longer able to control your body’s waste and gas, the problem of odor control can be paramount.

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Posted in Ostomy Odor Eliminators

Ostomy Skincare

Posted on May 22, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Once surgery has been performed and you’re ready to return to your daily life, it is important to care for your ostomy. Caring for your ostomy is not only medically necessary, but is important to maintaining your quality of life. Care for your ostomy includes emptying your pouch when necessary, replacing your pouch system as needed, and skin and stoma care.

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New to Ostomy? What You Need to Know

Posted on May 22, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

There is a saying that goes “the only certainty in life is death and taxes.” What’s left out of that statement is our body’s need to expel waste. Our body’s waste can be toxic to us. Certain diseases can affect our bowel or urinary tract system requiring surgery to remove some if not all of our intestines or bladder.

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Posted in Surgery Type