Support and Coping After Surgery

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
06/04/14  9:51 AM PST
Ostomy Support

As our Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, has said:  there is no “normal” recovery from ostomy surgery. Not only does everyone heal differently from the surgery, but people handle the repercussions and changes to their routine in different ways. Laura writes in her surgery story, “The first time I saw my stoma, I was overwhelmed with joy. To me, this was a step in the right direction. This was how I was going to get my life back!” But not everyone will wake up with the same welcome attitude to their stoma. That’s where finding the right ostomy support can help.

Many people find comfort in support groups. People also find online information helpful – not only about how to live with their stoma day-to-day, but about how their new system functions. Also, reading about your fellow ostomates’ experiences can help you feel less alone.

But most of all, be patient! Don’t expect too much from yourself. Recovery from any surgery can be hard, but ostomy surgery can be especially difficult for a myriad of reasons.

Learn more about ways to receive support, along with coping mechanisms you can use:

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My 89-year-old mother loves to swim but she has found that the pouch fills with water when she gets into the pool. What can we do to fix this?
We recently had someone reach out to our Facebook community with a similar question, and several of our OstomyLife community members responded with their own advice.
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