Living with a Colostomy

If you received your colostomy as a result of an emergency operation and were only told the news when you woke up, you may not have understood what the medical staff were saying. Those of you who were prepared in advance for your operation and given support by your stoma care nurse and consultant may still have experienced trouble coming to terms with the idea of wearing a bagClick here to download our Living with a Colostomy booklet.

The Colostomy Association has over 100 volunteers who are all willing to help with the adjustment needed for accepting and living with a colostomy. You can talk with them about anything and everything (except medical problems) and from them you will gain confidence. You will know that they too have experienced what you are going through. Please call our freephone 0800 328 4257 if you would like to chat to someone. 

Please use the links below to find information on many issues that ostomates may face when learning to live with a colostomy.


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