Living With an Ostomy
Having an ostomy doesn’t mean you stop doing the things you enjoy. It just means you have to adjust your approach and do a few things differently. If you’re searching for advice on living life to the fullest when you have an ostomy, you’ve come to the right place.
It takes time for your body to heal after surgery, so don’t rush the process. You’ll learn how to care for your stoma and your peristomal skin, how to apply your pouching system, and how to plan meals and activities.
Learn the basics of caring for an ostomy: how to care for your stoma, how to put on your ostomy appliance, how to empty a pouch and how to make sure your peristomal skin stays in good condition.
Travel can be easier than you think, as long as you’re prepared. This guide covers the basics of ostomy travel: packing, planning, security and air travel.
Are you anxious to get back to work — but also anxious about dealing with your ostomy at work? Get answers to common workplace dilemmas, including nosy coworkers, restroom usage and getting the accommodations you need.
After an ostomy, can you still eat the foods you enjoy? Will you be able to sleep without worrying? And can you get back into your exercise routine? The answers: Yes, yes and yes — although you’ll need to take it slow and adjust certain aspects of your lifestyle.
After ostomy surgery, it’s important to step outside of your comfort zone and resume social activities, including dating. Start small, with short outings, and work your way up to bigger adventures.