Many people end up with an ostomy surgery because something else has gone very wrong in their life. Many people I know have an ostomy due to serious ailments and even cancer. I honestly love how strong some of these people have been and are and who they have become by overcoming their issues and living with their current ostomy.
So many people have been helpful to me in getting through the psychological issues I had and have brought me out of the idea of being selfish into living a crazy full life. I now try to emulate much of what I have learned from some truly great people who live with a stoma and rock their lifestyle to the fullest every single day.
Part of being happy on a daily basis is simply having things in life that work. If you have a stoma you want gear that works well for you and doesn’t hinder your day. Talking with people they gave me lots of different brands of supplies to look at and chose what works best for my body. Ostomy supplies came up many times and I ended up testing them out quite a bit.
Well they came up a lot because of the Free samples that ostomy Supplies gives out. This was a big help because being new I had lots of items and experiences to try them out on. I saw so many people doing such awesome things that I didn’t believe could be done with a regular ostomy bag and in all honesty it couldn’t! So being a part of a group of cool outgoing people was a big help to me.
That is a great suggestion that I have and that is to find a group of people that have an ostomy and like the same things you do. This is much easier than I ever imagined thanks to the use of technology and the internet. I started off on youtube and just found videos of people doing things and getting tips on stomas. From there commenting and getting on forums was a great way to learn and explore lots of different opinions, lots good, tons really bad! But it was a great way to learn about how to interact and live a great life with an ostomy. So even if you have a stoma due to a bad situation there is always hope and support from those who are going through it or have gone through worse! Reach out and find a friend!