If there’s a support group near you, I urge you to go. Surrounding yourself with other ostomates is a great way to cope with your ostomy. A support group is a safe place to talk about your struggles, questions, and success stories as well as help other attendees.

If you’re in America, Find a support group in your area.

If you find that you are the youngest person attending a support group, KEEP GOING! Regardless of age, each ostomate has an ostomy and in turn has to deal with similar problems related to them. You might make a new friend, and if another younger person happens to attend, seeing you there would be really comforting for them and would likely encourage them to return.

IBD, Colon Cancer, and FAP support groups may also have ostomates among them.