Living With an Ostomy
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.
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.