Relationships with an Ostomy
It’s common to have some anxiety about relationships following ostomy surgery.
This podcast will cover all-things ostomy, from advice just following surgery, to tips and tricks.
In addition to the physical issues you face when recovering from ostomy surgery, there’s also the hurdle of body image. Self-esteem is vital to making yourself well again, mentally and physically. Getting your self-esteem back may take a little while, but you can do it.
One of the biggest worries for people who have recently had ostomy surgery is what other people will think. “Can they smell anything from my pouch? Do they notice my pouch? Who should I tell about my ostomy surgery?” Most people’s reactions will reflect your own attitude. If you are straightforward and confident about your situation, people will respect that and respond positively.
Lee Thrash was about to graduate from high school in 1997 when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Despite missing the last three months of the school year, she graduated and – against the advice of doctors and family members – started college. Although the disease was an overwhelming part of every day, she graduated with a degree in English. For the next 12 years, Lee fought to have a “normal” life, pushing through the treatments, flares, illness and chronic weakness.