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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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  1. Marie
    Posted January 9, 2018 at 9:44 pm PST

    I agree with Laura, Aimee. I was at the point where my colectomy had to be done or I wasn’t leaving the hospital. I had researched it and knew that Life had to be better even though I was losing another part of my body to disease. Talk about unique experiences though, my anesthesia was in two parts; one general and then also I had a TAP block. This allowed me to be on much less narcotics and so it allowed Ripley (my stoma) to be able to get work right away rather than waiting for my intestines to wake up days later but it came with a price…when I woke up from the surgery everything in my abdomen felt great – I wasn’t sick & I didn’t have any pain but unfortunately I couldn’t move my left leg… The anesthesiologist somehow hit the femoral nerve on my left side while administering the block so for the last two months since my surgery, I have been waiting for my femoral nerve to wake back up. I will definitely say it has been a challenge to go through this surgery but really – manly because of the significant mobility issues. I don’t know anyone else that’s had the same exact experience…so I figured I’d share I’m grateful for the in person and online support I get to be blessed by and also, watching your videos has been a GREAT help!

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