Definition: Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association.
While an associate can be described as a person whom one knows slightly.
We as ostomates tend to say once we join, we're seeking friendship and others who can relate to our condition.
I heard members say outsiders are cruel. I'm referring to non-ostomates when I say outsiders.
"News flash," the same people out there are here too. The only difference is, they are now ostomates.
I have been to other countries, states, and cities and have encountered both good and bad people. Some I called friends while others were associates.
I joined this group in 2016. I stumbled upon this site. No one told me about MeetAnOstomate (MAO).
I had my colostomy in 2015, I have a close friend of 36 years with whom I shared my feelings before and after surgery.
I didn't feel comfortable talking about my colostomy with my family at that time. I was actually ashamed and didn't accept my fate.
I had mentioned before that I attended a local support group but didn't get anything out of it.
The things that members discuss here in our group (MAO) are not discussed locally in other support groups.
In conclusion, I wish you all the best. I hope that those who seek friendship find it. If you're lucky, you'll find good friends and/or associates. I did!