Parents to Parents – Having a Child with an Ostomy Video: Part 1

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
04/26/18  11:18 AM PST

In this first part of a two-part series, Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, interviews her parents about having a child with an ostomy. She asks about their experiences as her caregivers during her diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and her subsequent ostomy surgery.

Laura’s questions for her parents include:

  • What was it like having your child diagnosed with an incurable illness?
  • As a parent, did you feel alone? How did you cope?
  • Did you know what an ostomy was before I needed one?
  • What thoughts and feelings did you have before ostomy surgery? Did they change after?
  • What was it like seeing your daughter’s stoma for the first time?

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You can also find local support groups by visiting the United Ostomy Association here.

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How do I handle altitude sickness and staying hydrated with my ostomy while enjoying my trip to Colorado?
Hi Rob, that's a fantastic question!
Since having my ostomy I have hiked in a couple of high altitude places, including Colorado. I'm glad you're aware of the extra difficulties living with an ostomy can have on the severity of altitude sickness. The good news is, with preparation and a smart game-plan, you can have a great trip and hopefully decrease the chances of having altitude sickness.

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