What to expect

There are at least 1.3 million people in the world living with a stoma.1

Thousands more will have stoma surgery, each year. 2 For many, stoma surgery is a new beginning.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Even if your surgery is anticipated, facing the news that you need to have a stoma is difficult. You may feel overwhelmed at this time, but it is important to know that you are not powerless. One of the ways you can take charge of your life right now is by learning as much as you can.

There is plenty of information, help, and support available. Often, support begins before surgery, then continues in the hospital with a nurse who specializes in stoma care. It can also continue long after your surgery. You can join any one of the many organisations that provide resources and information. And you may want to recruit a spouse, relative, or friend to learn about caring for a stoma along with you.


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