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Thriving at Work with Your Stoma: Tips for Confidence and Comfort

Posted by Fortis Medical Products  on February 29, 2024

Having a stoma shouldn't hold you back from achieving your career goals. While transitioning to life with an ostomy may come with adjustments, feeling comfortable and confident at work is absolutely possible. Here at Fortis Medical Products, we want to empower you with some practical tips:

Embrace the Power of Preparation

Pack an emergency kit: Keep a discreet pouch filled with essential supplies like extra ostomy pouches, adhesive remover wipes, and a change of clothes. This provides peace of mind and allows you to handle unexpected changes with ease.

Identify a designated space: Ask your employer about accessible and private bathroom facilities where you can comfortably manage your ostomy care. Knowing you have a dedicated space can significantly reduce stress.

Dress for Success and Comfort

Comfort first: Ditch the tight-fitting clothes and opt for loose-fitting garments that won't irritate your stoma or restrict movement. Consider high-waisted pants or skirts if you find the pouch noticeable under your clothing.

Explore specialized options: Companies offer clothing specifically designed for ostomates, featuring hidden compartments to discreetly hold your pouch and providing additional support.

Embrace Open Communication (Optional)

Know your rights: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects your right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace. If you require a flexible schedule for bathroom breaks or a private space for ostomy care, you can discreetly discuss your needs with your employer.

Building trust: If you feel comfortable doing so, consider informing a trusted colleague or manager about your ostomy. This can foster understanding and create a supportive work environment.

Most importantly, remember:

You are not alone: Millions of people worldwide lead fulfilling lives with ostomies. There are online communities and support groups where you can connect with others and share experiences.

Focus on your strengths: Don't let your stoma define you. Your dedication, skills, and work ethic are what truly matter in your career.

By incorporating these tips and embracing a positive attitude, you can confidently navigate your professional life with your stoma and achieve your full potential. For further guidance and product recommendations, remember, Fortis Medical Products is always here to support you on your journey.

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