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Living with a stoma

Adjustment after major surgery can take many months but you will be given help and advice. The process of adjustment is not immediate. It will happen over a period of time. For some people this could be up to a year but do not worry if it takes longer. With help and support and a positive attitude, you can improve the outcome. Be realistic and allow yourself time to adjust. Having a stoma can affect other members of your family and friends who may have their own concerns. Talking can help sometimes to diffuse their fears. Sometimes talking to a member from an association can help.

This section discusses some of the areas that can aid you, giving practical help and advice, in the following months after your surgery.

Discharge information
Nutritional advice
Sexual activity
Cultural diversity
Adjusting to life with a stoma
Feelings following surgery

Support groups

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