While friends and family can be very supportive, it can be tremendously helpful to talk to someone who has actually experienced what it's like to live with an ostomy. Both sharing your own learnings with others and listening to their experiences can give you a whole new perspective on life with an ostomy.
How do you find others with an ostomy?
You can try asking your healthcare professional for guidance in finding people in situations similar to yours. Often, your nurse will know of local networks or support groups.
You could also look for ostomy forums or networks online. Many have found support in some of the thriving online communities. This can be an easy way to connect right from the comfort of your home.
A good place to start could be finding a local support group, you may wish to check out the United Ostomy of America (UOAA) website at www.ostomy.org.