Don't let stoma hold you back in your social life

It's important to socialise

Don't let your stoma hold you back – enjoy life with friends and family.

Don't let your stoma keep you at home

Though most things are easier in the comfort of home, it is really important to get back to doing all the things that you were doing before your surgery. That includes going out.

it's important to get back to socializing after stoma surgery

Will it be awkward?

It is only natural to be concerned about having to explain yourself to new people, but remember that you do not owe them an explanation of your condition.

Have a short explanation ready

Sometimes, preparing a short and confident explanation will help put your mind at ease for the rest of the evening. For instance, you could explain that you've been unwell, and because of that you've had major surgery and now wear an ostomy pouch.

Avoid being too technical, and be open to questions - without over-sharing. Never feel you have to explain details of your surgery to everyone who asks.

What about family and friends?

Family and close friends are of course a little bit of a different matter. If you are open and honest with the people close to you, it can help you get back to the life you had before your stoma surgery. It is completely normal if for a while after the surgery you still feel uncomfortable talking about it.

However, as soon as you feel ready to talk about it, let your friends and family know - they will no doubt want to help support you as much as possible.

plan with your partner how will you talk about your stoma

How to involve your partner

If you have a partner, it is good to have an open and honest discussion about how to handle new social situations. Involving your partner in how you explain your condition to others - if at all - will help both of you handle the situation more naturally.

If you disagree on the best approach, try to explain the reason why you prefer to say as you do. Understanding how you feel about it will help your partner support your decision.

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