All ostomates are affected differently after surgery.  For some, it can be a great relief after years of pain and misery.  For others, it can leave them feeling low and alone.

It’s important to speak to someone about your problems and they can help you work through them and understand the source of the problem, such as social anxiety, a feeling of loss for your old body, worries about personal relationships, etc.

Your stoma nurse will be able to offer you support and help resolve any concerns you may have. Colostomy UK also provides a number of services for ostomates including a 24-hour helpline, a live chat online facility and a closed Facebook group. 

For more information, visit:
www.colostomyuk.org/support