Freedom to Socialise

Wherever and whoever you socialise with, it's important to let your friends and colleagues know that you're doing ok, or to plan on future events when you are ready to connect back with them. 

Socialise & Leisure

Just because you have a stoma doesn't mean you should stop enjoying the social activities you used to love. Once you get a handle on your bathroom routine, you can go back to seeing your friends and enjoying the leisure activities you loved prior to your surgery.

During your recovery, it is important that you get out of the house. Catching up with friends for lunch is a great reason to get you back on your feet and back to your normal routine.

Due to your surgery, you have most likely spent a lot of time away from your social circle. They will have been concerned about you during your absence so it is important to let them know that you are doing better and on the road to recovery.

If the visability of your pouch concerns you when you are in a group of friends, remember that most people won't even see the tiny bulge or recognise what is causing it.

Your stoma shouln't stop you from enjoying all the things you loved before your surgery. Wherever your interests may lie, your stoma should not restrict you from participating in them.

Freedom to live

The only restrictions just might be the ones you put on yourself.

If you have any questions regarding socialising and lesiure activities, make sure you ask your Stomal Therapy Nurse at your next appointment.

If you are concerned about getting to a toilet when you are out socialising, the Toilet Map can be a useful tool for finding a public toilet.

New Zealand Toilet Map