Video: Body Image With an Ostomy

Laura Cox
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
04/03/17  3:34 PM PST

In this video from Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, she discusses different aspects of body image with an ostomy, and the thoughts people may have before or after ostomy surgery. Laura speaks about the different challenges that come up depending on how old someone is when they get their surgery along with dating and physical attraction. She also addresses how to begin to accept your new body image and more.

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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.
Hopefully you and your mother will find their answers helpful ...

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  1. Mike
    Posted May 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm PDT

    Great video and all I have to say is “where the heck were you 15 years ago”! I had those exact same thoughts but I went the other direction. Luckily my now wife who was my then girlfriend was supper supportive and helped me through all my “self-imposed” embarrassment over the years. It’s only now that I plan to get out of my funk and embrace the life my ostomy has given me.

    Thanks for sharing Laura!

  2. Janice Coene
    Posted May 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm PDT

    What do you do if you have a small Hernia when wearing slimmer clothes, I feel everyone is looking at me.

  3. Aimee Sharp
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 8:23 am PDT

    Hi Janice! People probably aren’t looking at you, but we know that it can certainly feel that way when it’s all you can think about. While these tips are about how to hide an ostomy pouch, they may be helpful for how to draw eyes away from a hernia bulge: Dressing With an Ostomy. Please let us know if you have any other questions and best of luck! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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