Navigating Life Adjustments and Emotional Well-Being Post-Ostomy Surgery


Navigating Life Adjustments and Emotional Well-Being Post-Ostomy Surgery


Date: July 17, 2024

Day: Wednesday

Time: 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Duration: 1 hour

This webinar will explore the intricate journey of life adjustments and emotional well-being following ostomy surgery. Recognizing that each person’s experience is distinct and is influenced by factors ranging from the type of diagnosis to the permanence of the procedure.
The webinar will showcase the emotional journey of an individual living with an ostomy and the challenges faced.
Moreover, we’ll address the critical role of support systems in this journey. Whether facing it alone or with the support of family, friends, and your NSWOC in this journey.
This session offers invaluable insights into the unique challenges individuals face and the strategies to promote quality of life when living with an ostomy.

Key topics to be covered:

  1. The impact of ostomy surgery on emotional well-being: Insights from evidence-based literature.
  2. Understanding the individual journey: Factors influencing post-op adjustment.
  3. Temporary vs. permanent ostomies: Navigating the initial post-op period.
  4. A personal perspective: Real-life accounts of emotional resilience and adaptation.
  5. The power of support: Exploring the role of family, friends, and healthcare professionals.
  6. Practical strategies for promoting emotional well-being and quality of life post-ostomy surgery



Lauren graduated from nursing school in 1990 in South Africa. She completed her Wound, Ostomy, and Continence certificate at Emory University in 2006. In 2020, Lauren completed her Master of Clinical Science – Wound Healing at Western University. She is a certified Wound Ostomy and Continence nurse at Macdonald’s Prescriptions, Fairmont location, and Vancouver General Hospital. Those who know Lauren will tell you she lives and breathes ostomy. Her dedication to her patients goes above and beyond, never turning a patient away. If she doesn’t know the answer, she will do her best to find out.
In 2011, she received the CRNBC Award for Nursing Excellence; in 2023, she received the Ostomy Canada NSWOC recognition award; and in 2024, she received the VA Hospital Unsung Hero Award. She is a dedicated and compassionate wound, ostomy, and continence nurse who strives for excellence in patient care.
She volunteers for the United Ostomy Association, facilitating the “20-50’s support group, the J pouch group, and the Continent Urinary Diversion group. She is an active writer for the Vancouver Ostomy HighLife and Ostomy Canada magazine. Lauren is an Ostomy Canada Lifestyle Advisor for patients.” In her free time, Lauren loves to travel, read, and spend time with her husband and two adult children.


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If you miss the webinar, worry not; we’ll publish the recording on our website and YouTube channel with 3 days of the webinar date.

Our webinars primarily serve as a platform for support and education for individuals living with an ostomy. These sessions are designed to offer valuable information, insights, and guidance to enhance the quality of life for our audience. Given the nature of these webinars and their focus on educational content, we have not traditionally issued certificates of attendance.

It is important to note that the majority of our participants, who are living with an ostomy, typically attend these webinars for the wealth of knowledge and support they provide. In most cases, the need for a formal certificate of attendance is not a primary consideration for this audience.

Webinar Disclaimer

While Ostomy Canada Society and our guest presenters will do our best to help answer your questions, any questions requiring a healthcare professional to perform and assessment via telehealth or in-person should be directed instead to the Medical Lifestyle Advisory Committee. We also encourage you to reach out to your physician and/or an NSWOC in your area for further questions that aren’t answered during the webinar. Note as well that recommendations made during a webinar are not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional advice, guidance and treatment.

Sign Petition

Ostomy Canada is petitioning the Ontario Government to: "Respect the ADP mandate to cover 75% of the average cost of ostomy supplies and would like your help by adding your name. Once we have a sufficient # of signatures, the petition will be brought to the Ontario Legislature by The NDP Health Critic.