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When should I share information?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

Whether or not you choose to tell others about your ostomy is totally up to you.  You might decide to tell a few people – such as family and close friends.  It really…

What do I say to family and close friends?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

Whilst what and who you talk to is of course a personal choice, sharing really is a healthy way to deal with the emotions you’re going to be feeling.  Not only will your…

How much do I tell my children?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

This is a question many people worry about, but in the case of telling the kids, it’s usually a case of honesty is the best policy.  With younger children, being open and telling…

What about my co-workers?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

Once again, it’s completely up to you whether or not to mention your surgery to your co-workers.  If you do decide to say anything, it might be a good idea to first explain…

What can I say to acquaintances?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

Human nature means acquaintances and neighbours might ask you about your illness.  Curiosity is inherent in everyone, and you might want to plan in advance what you’ll say should these questions arise. What…

What do you suggest if I’m dating?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

For many people dating is a normal part of life, and this will not change just because you’ve got a stoma.  If you meet someone after you’ve had your ostomy surgery, you can…

What help/support is available to those close to me, if they need it?
October 18, 2011 : : 0 comments

Stomal therapy nurses and local ostomy associations totally understand that partners also need help, along with you as the person who’s undergone the surgery.  It’s important for you to realise that those close…

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