Adjusting to life with a stoma
Adjusting to life with a stoma can be challenging at first. However, it’s important to know you are not alone - carers, spouses, partners, friends and close family members can all support your stoma care, and your stoma care nurse has plenty of experience in helping other people with stomas and knows what you are going through.
In this section, you’ll find advice based on real life experiences and from experts in stoma care nursing on how to gain confidence and adapt to your new life. There’s information especially for teenagers and parents of children with stomas. Anyone caring for someone with a stoma can also find these pages useful to get an insight into the life of people with a stoma.
- Understanding stomas
For practical advice, including information on what a stoma is and how to change and empty your stoma pouch.
- Understanding you
Having a stoma can have a large impact on your emotions and may affect how others react to you. Find out more and how to deal with these issues.
- My Child’s Stoma
These pages will help children and their carers understand what it means to have a temporary or permanent stoma and how to continue living life to the full.
- Teenagers – Your Stoma
This section is specifically tailored to the needs of teenagers, with emphasis on practical advice to minimise the impact of the stoma on daily activities.
- Stoma Nurse Clinics
If you are having problems with your stoma, or have concerns about management or lifestyle, then see our list of areas where Stoma Nurse Clinics are available.
- Stoma Care Resources
A list of ostomy literature, educational booklets, links and contacts which may be of use to ostomates and their carers.
You can also share your concerns and experiences, or find views of other people who use the stoma care products that we deliver, on the SecuriCare advice forum