Defintion: 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 referrring to non ostomates when I say outsiders.
"News flash, " the same people out there are here too. The only diffrence is, they are now ostomates.
I 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 feeling with 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) is not discussed locally in other support groups.
In conclusion, I wish you all the best. I hope that those that seek freindship find it. If your lucky, you'll find good friends and or assocaites. I did!