One of the best ways to cope with post-ostomy surgery and ostomy management is to join a support group of like-minded folks. Since the number of Americans living with an ostomy is approaching one million, you shouldn't have to look too far.
What are the best reasons to join an ostomy support group?
Even with a growing volume of ostomy patients nationwide, it’s easy to feel isolated if nobody around you can sympathize with your experiences. Support groups are a great opportunity for changing that, and finding new friends you otherwise would have never met.
Especially if you’re a new ostomy patient, you could use someone to field questions or offer pointers on stoma care. Yes, your physician and other health care providers are the primary sources for this. However, it helps to hear from your peers as well since you can’t always get a hold of the doctor quickly. Nowadays, it’s easy to connect with people for a Zoom meeting, talk on the phone, or even through an online message forum to find answers to practical concerns.
Even if you’re doing fine coping with post-ostomy surgery, you might want friendly support from time to time. Many ostomy patients have to contend with their condition along with all of life’s other problems: stress, low self-esteem, work difficulties, dietary frustrations, and so forth. In a support group, you’re bound to find at least one other person who shares some of your circumstances.
Are you already a veteran ostomate? That puts you in more of an expert position, which is exactly what new patients need. Support groups give you the chance to help newcomers address problems you’ve already endured and triumphed against.
Perhaps you’re struggling to adjust to something ostomy related. Maybe you need a few pointers on how to organize your ostomy products. Support groups are the fastest way to discover new ideas, enjoy success stories, and more.
We hope you found this information helpful and will consider joining an ostomy support group soon. Where can you find one? The United Ostomy Association of America has a support group finder section on its website, which puts you in touch with about 300 affiliated support groups.
If you’d like to learn more about ostomy care or supplies, then feel free to contact Fortis Medical Products anytime. You can reach us at 855-550-2600.