Learning Centre Living with Stoma

Life With a Stoma


Life with a Stoma

Any period of illness, surgery, and recovery is stressful enough for your body and mind, but life with a stoma offers its own unique challenges. As a general rule, you will slowly be able to pursue the same activities after your surgery as you enjoyed before your surgery, but it's important to listen to your body and not overdo it in the first months following your stoma surgery.

Take control of your life and find ways of living with your stoma that suits your lifestyle.

Click on the resources below to learn more.

Care at Home Series

This series illustrates stoma care and pouch changing for one- and two-piece appliances.

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Sexuality and Relationships

How to make a healthy adjustment and have a satisfying sexual relationship.

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Body Image

This personal guide explains the emotional states you may experience after surgery.

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Going Back to Work

Information and advice about going back to work after your stoma surgery.

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Swimming

Read about hints and tips for enjoying swimming in a pool or spa with your stoma.

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Travelling

Having a stoma will not prevent you from travelling, whether it is for pleasure or business, home or abroad.

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Life with a Stoma

Follow four people, from 14 to 70, as they share their inspirational stories about life with a stoma.

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Testimonials

Read the experiences of other people living with a stoma.

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The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.