14 Oct Dear Followers, Lend Me Your Story!
This time next week I will be speaking at the Rachel M. Flood Ostomy and Wound Care conference titled, Supporting the Patient’s Journey: Living With an Ostomy at Mt. Sinai Hospital, in Toronto. As the title suggests, I will be speaking to a large group of medical professionals about how to work with, support, and teach new ostomy patients how to handle the life changing surgery.
The hospital has graciously asked me to be a keynote speaker because of my ostomy experiences and my ability to speak so candidly about it. However open and honest I am about my ostomy, however, I can, and only, speak from my single experience.
Though my one experience may provide information and guidance for these medical professionals to help future ostomy patients, my story is only a single a single story in a multitude of others. I experienced things during the ostomy process, before and after, that others had not, but I also did not experience the same things that others did.
Faithful ostomy community, this is why I am coming to you- I need help with my keynote speech, and I need it from you.
I feel that in order to paint an accurate picture of a pre and post ostomy surgery patient and how to properly care for them, I need a 360 degree view of the process-something I cannot see without your help.
So, my dear followers, this is what I am requesting from you:
If you could please, through commenting here, on the Facebook page, or by tweeting me @JessGrossman, please tell me your story!
When I say “your story,” what I mean is how were you treated before, during, and after your ostomy surgery. Do you feel like you were given the proper training and counselling prior to ostomy surgery? Did you have access to the right people to talk to? Did the medical professionals scare you into getting an ostomy? Did you understand your ostomy? Was the post surgery training informative and clear? And whatever else you wish to share.
Tell me everything!
By taking the time to give me this information, you are contributing to the information that I will be providing to these medical professionals in order to take better care of future ostomy patients.
I believe that the proper pre and immediate post surgery ostomy care is a key element to positive ostomy attitudes and ultimately positive ostomy awareness.
So ostomy community- what’s your story?