Right after your operation, one of the big questions may be: how and who do I tell about my stoma? This is entirely up to you, and a lot of people find it helps to talk to their nearest and dearest about their surgery.
It’s really important to get back to living and enjoying all the things that you were doing before your operation – and that includes socialising.
Whether it’s a quiet drink in your local bar, a meal out with your partner or going out with friends, nothing should stop you. You just need the confidence to do it.
Feeling comfortable and enjoying yourself
Set yourself small targets. It could be something as simple as using a public toilet for the first time, visiting a restaurant or relative, or planning a day away. Before you know it, you’ll have the confidence to think about booking a holiday or even getting those dancing shoes on.
Don’t forget, if you are meeting new people, you don’t have to tell them about your condition unless you want to. Just do whatever makes you feel most comfortable.