Why Do I Need A Support Group?
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Many times as a visitor we are asked by a patient, “Why do I need a support group?” Most of our members know how important support can be for a new ostomate. Even if someone is part of a strong supportive family, it is difficult to share fears, concerns, and intimate details related to ostomy surgery. Often a patient may feel alone; like no one is able to feel his/her pain; or that no one understands what he/she is going through. Support groups put people in touch with others who have gone through the same experience and have the same feelings. The tendency for most of us is to withdraw from close contact during this period of adjustment. This isolation may slow the healing process.
Help a new patient consider a support group as a healthy and safe way to deal with whatever issues he/she may be experiencing. It has been proven repeatedly that a patient who does not feel isolated will make a much quicker recovery mentally and physically.
“To know the road ahead… ask those coming back.” Chinese proverb