Feeling down, anxious or isolated is common after life-changing surgery. There is a lot for you to get used to, from the change in your practical needs to your altered body image and wide-ranging emotions. You may feel that others don’t understand what it is like to live with a urinary diversion.
It can be tempting to try to rush back to ‘normal’. Give yourself time to adjust and don’t worry if that takes longer than you expected. It is unlikely that you will find the most suitable equipment for you first time or that you will immediately feel as you used to.
Remember that you are not alone.
- You might find that talking to one of our volunteer buddies will help – they all have experience of living with a urinary diversion and understand what you are going through. They can provide a supportive and reassuring listening ear. To be put in touch with a buddy, get in touch with our helpline 01386 430140 (UK) or Contact us by email.
- You might prefer to speak to someone who already knows you. Talking about your concerns with a trusted friend or family member can help to ease your fears and anxiety.
- If you are struggling, feeling hopeless or feel that things aren’t getting better, speak to your GP or other healthcare professional.
The charity, Mind, has a useful guide to getting help with your mental health, as well as a wide range of other resources that you might find useful.