There will be times after surgery when you may feel low, discouraged or even depressed. You may feel alone and isolated, even unable to enjoy life again. These are common feelings. Serious illness, medication, hospitalization, and the surgery itself, all cause feelings if insecurity, dependence, concern, and discouragement.
Feeling discouraged is real and normal. You might cry, be hostile or angry, or react in ways that are unusual for you. Talking to a trusted relative, friend, nurse, clergyman, or another person with an ostomy may be helpful for you. You may be able to work through your feelings and discover new hope and encouragement. Talk to your physician if feeling of discouragement persist and affect your ability to return to the level of emotional health you desire.