Mental health support after stoma surgery: don’t struggle in silence

02 August, 2019

Colostomy UK: mental health

Sponsored post by Convatec

If you’re living with a stoma then you’ll know that it isn’t always easy. There are lots of challenges that come with this major surgery, but most people with a stoma go on to lead a full life  after surgery.

Many say they are thankful for their stoma because it has stopped their chronic pain and suffering. But for some it’s not always that easy. You may find it a struggle to come to terms with life after stoma surgery. You may feel embarrassed to tell people about your stoma, afraid that people won’t understand. You might feel like you can’t do the things you did before because you don’t feel confident. You may even be afraid of leaving the house altogether.

If you are experiencing these feelings, they can often be overcome with the right support. Having someone to talk and open up to can be one of the best ways to get used to living life with your stoma.

Whether you’ve had your stoma for just a few weeks or a few years, if you feel like you’re struggling and need someone to speak to then help is just a phone call away with ConvaTec’s free me+™ counselling service

Deborah found it difficult to come to terms with everyday life after stoma surgery, suffering from daily leakages soreness and had completely lost trust in her products. She was in denial about her stoma and it even stopped her going out and living the life she wanted.

Deborah decided to reach out to a ConvaTec me+™ counsellor. Now 12 months on and she has been able to start to come to terms with her stoma and realise that she is not alone.

“I found my counsellor Lyn to be a great help in my being able to accept my stoma,” Deborah said.

“Lyn has managed to help me to see that I am not the only person that suffers these problems. She is kind, calming, reassuring and definitely understanding. She has been a lifeline on the end of the phone.

“This service that has been provided for me has been such a massive help – I know a still have a way to go, but from where I was 12 months ago to finally asking for help 5 months later, I am so glad that I did.”

How to access counselling

You can request counselling support by contacting the ConvaTec Nurse Advisor in the first instance. She will make a note of your details and provide you with a consent form to complete. A counsellor will then contact you to arrange your appointment.

Request your free counselling support today: UK: 0800 085 2516/ROI: 1800 818 988

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This post was paid for by Convatec, other stoma bag services and appliances are available. Colostomy UK are impartial and do not recommend one brand over another, always consult your stoma care nurse. We are not responsible for the accuracy/services of third parties.

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