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Recently MBC Arab TV and Radio highlighted colorectal cancer awareness and screening. I would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to explain the importance of Stoma Therapists and what they contribute to the lives of cancer patients when a stoma becomes a part of a life-saving operation.
I have seen a lot of patients, young and old, end their lives by refusing to undergo surgery due to fear of stoma creation. There is dif culty accepting the idea of changing the normal way of elimination and in facing the public with a stoma. As Muslims we have additional concerns regarding worship including (Tharah) before each prayer. I believe that this is due to the lack of suf cient awareness in our society of colorectal cancer, of living with a stoma, and in the consequences of making such a hasty decision.
Many people before me have talked about this “stoma” and its importance, but their voice did not reach to the larger community. I have been working in this profession for a period, I was hesitant at rst, but when I started working with patients, I realized how important and rewarding this position is. I realized the need to change our society`s perception of life with a stoma in order to save lives, to prevent a patient ending his life without even knowing what having a stoma means.
Having a stoma is not the end of your life, it is a simple procedure to save your life, yes you need to use a stoma bag and there will be some tips to follow, but you will be able to practice your life normally. Most of the time the stoma is temporary; It will be your choice whether or not to let people know that you have a stoma, but you do not have to worry about the appearance of the stoma bag under your clothing in public. Many patients are concerned that they will not be followed-up by the hospital after the operation but left to meet the community and deal with any problems alone.
Our duty towards you is to explain the procedure and how the stoma works, to ensure that you know how to take care of it, how to live your life with it and how to worship with it. As stoma therapists we will talk with you and address all of your concerns so do not hesitate to ask us and we will transfer to you our experience and the experiences of other stoma patients.
My advice to you:
If you have a stoma, are about to have a stoma, or are the partner of someone with a stoma, asking questions does not mean a lack of knowledge but means that you are caring and interested in yourself and those who surround you. Listen to your stoma therapist, we choose to be near you and with you along the journey to ght this disease and help you overcome this small obstacle.