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psychological issues

How long will it take to adjust to my stoma?
November 23, 2011 : : 0 comments

Much as we’d love to be able to give a definitive answer to this question it’s a fact that everyone is different.  Undergoing any type of major surgery is traumatic, and even more…

Who can I talk to?
November 23, 2011 : : 0 comments

Your doctor and stomal therapy nurse are always a good starting point.  And depending on the type of person you are, you might choose to talk to those close to you about any…

Why do some people give their stoma a name?
November 23, 2011 : : 0 comments

For some people, naming their stoma is a way of helping them accept their new body part and is part of their coping mechanism.  Many give it a humorous name (one person reportedly…

What strategies can I apply?
November 23, 2011 : : 0 comments

A lot of people find that a little humour really is one of the best strategies to helping adapt to their stoma.  The ability to laugh at yourself also helps others know how…

Will I ever get back to a normal life?
November 23, 2011 : : 0 comments

Once you get used to the adaptations that are necessary to life with a stoma, then yes – you will get back to a normal life.  You can return to work, play sports,…

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