The following info was published in an article in the Oldham Chronicle newspaper earlier this year and is out in the public domain so I presume it is perfectly OK for me to quote bits from the article. 'The support group was set up by Oldham Senior Stoma Nurse Helen Wrench & her colleague Stoma Nurse Gill Wood. The Chairman is June Wilde. Approx 80 members. The group is run in partnership between patients and health practitioners. Meetings informative & give people the chance to talk to each other about problems and find out how others cope with similar situations. There is always an applicance supplier present and usually a speaker such as a dietician or phyiotherapist. Members come from as far as Manchester, Bury, Radcliffe, Denton. We try to put new people at ease and build up their confidence in having a stoma. Also have informal chats between new patients and old alike and if anyone has a problem we will ensure that they are able to talk to someone who has been in a similar poition. The group also organises social trips to a variety of places'. There were contact numbers published for June and Helen but tele no's not allowed on this site so if you Google (other search engines are available) Oldham Chronicle and under news section type in 'Stoma Support Group' in the search bar you will bring the article up. Title = 'June is living life to the full'. Published 19th Nov 09.
I attended the meeting on Tue 3rd Aug and really enjoyed it. Made to feel very welcome, June is very friendly and approachable. Had a chat with some lovely ladies. Mix of men and women at the meeting. Have met up and been out for lunch with my new stoma pal I met at Manchester IA AGM a couple of times. So for all of you out there thinking you are the only one - you're not. Come along to the support group! I've had my stoma 13 years now and at the start I attended a couple of meetings at my local hospital but I was the youngest one there (26 at the time) and everyone else was in their 60s and older. I didn't feel I had much in common with anyone else so I didn't attend any more meetings and concentrated on getting back to work. If I had known about this support group which has been going for 10 years now I would have gone along. I am glad I went to Manchster IA AGM and met my new pal who introduced me to the Oldham Stoma Support Group.
Hope this info has been helpful.
Take care everyone.
P.S. I am new to all this Forum stuff. What is a 'wink' and what is the protocol to follow if someone 'sends you a wink'??