And Real Truths Behind Them…
Whether it’s the epic adventures of heroes like Hercules or the tragic love stories of Romeo and Juliet, myths and stories of old have captivated audiences for centuries.
However, it’s important to remember that some myths passed down from generation to generation can be damaging, particularly when they surround certain topics such as ostomies.
When exploring the world of ancient myths, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction and to recognise the potential impact these stories can have on our beliefs and perceptions.
An ostomy is a surgical procedure that involves opening the abdomen to allow waste to leave the body. It is commonly used to treat various medical conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and diverticulitis. However, despite its widespread use, many myths and misconceptions surround ostomies.
VERA SA, a leading supplier of ostomy underwear, believes people with ostomies are just as capable, resilient, and valuable as anyone else, and they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity!
By debunking myths about ostomies, we can help reduce stigma and support millions worldwide living with this life-saving medical tool.
Here are 10 common myths about ostomies and the real truths behind them.
Myth #1: An ostomy means you can’t live a normal life
The truth is that with proper care and management, people with ostomies can lead very normal, active lives.
While some adjustments and lifestyle changes may be required, such as wearing special clothing or using different types of equipment, these changes are generally minor and do not impact day-to-day activities.
Many people with ostomies can continue working, travelling, and participating in their favourite hobbies and activities.
Myth #2: Ostomies are always visible and obvious
While some ostomies may be visible on the skin’s surface, others may be located inside the body and not visible at all. Additionally, there are many options for ostomy pouching systems that can be discreetly worn under clothing, making the ostomy virtually invisible to others. Some people with ostomies decorate their pouches with stickers or other designs to make them more fun and personalised.
Vera SA is a proudly South African company established in 2020 that offers a unique range of high-quality underwear specifically designed with stoma wearers in mind. All ladies’ panties and men’s briefs are custom-made to stylishly conceal and discreetly support ostomy pouches, reducing the possibility of detachment.
Myth #3: Ostomies smell bad and are embarrassing
While it is true that an ostomy can produce odours, modern ostomy products are designed to minimise and control odours. Many people with ostomies use odour-neutralising sprays or drops and choose pouching systems with built-in filters that help to trap and eliminate odours.
Additionally, ostomy pouches are designed to be discreet and available in various colours and styles to suit different preferences.
Myth #4: An ostomy means you can’t eat certain foods
While it is true that some people with ostomies may need to make dietary adjustments to avoid foods that could cause digestive problems, many people with ostomies can eat a wide variety of foods without issue.
In fact, many people with ostomies find that they can eat more freely after their surgery, as they no longer have to deal with the same digestive issues they experienced before. It is important for each person with an ostomy to work with their healthcare provider and a registered dietitian to determine the best dietary plan for their individual needs.
Myth #5: An ostomy is a sign of weakness or failure
This myth is the most harmful of all, as it can lead to feelings of shame, isolation, and self-doubt among people with ostomies. The truth is that an ostomy is simply a medical tool used to treat a variety of conditions, and it does not define a person’s worth, strength, or character.
People with ostomies are just as capable, resilient, and valuable as anyone else, and they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
In conclusion, By dispelling these myths and spreading accurate information about ostomies, we can help reduce stigma and support the millions of people worldwide who live with this life-saving medical tool.
Myth #6: Ostomy surgery is only for older people
While it is true that ostomies are more common among older adults, people of all ages can require ostomy surgery for various medical conditions. In fact, many younger people with inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer may need ostomy surgery as part of their treatment plan.
Myth #7: An ostomy is a last resort option
While ostomy surgery may be considered after other failed treatments, it is not necessarily a last resort. In some cases, an ostomy may be the best treatment option from the start. Individuals need to work closely with their healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for their individual needs.
Myth #8: People with ostomies are unable to have intimate relationships
People with ostomies are fully capable of having intimate relationships. In fact, many people with ostomies report that their sex lives are just as satisfying after their surgery.
It may take some time for individuals to adjust to their new body and to communicate with their partner about their needs and concerns. Still, with patience, understanding, and support, intimacy can be enjoyed in the same way as before surgery.
Myth #9: An ostomy is permanent
While some people may require a permanent ostomy, others may only need a temporary one to allow their body to heal after surgery. Sometimes, a temporary ostomy may be needed for several months or even years, but it can usually be reversed once the underlying medical condition has been treated.
Myth #10: Having an ostomy means you are no longer able to participate in sports or physical activities
While it is true that some sports or activities may be more challenging for people with ostomies, many people with ostomies can participate in a wide variety of sports and physical activities.
With proper planning and care, individuals with ostomies can swim, run, play basketball, and participate in many other activities just like anyone else.
Vera SA is a proud partner of CANSA and The South African Society of Ostomates.
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