A bigger Life

A stoma shouldn't define you, it's
just a small part of a bigger life.

JOURNEY STAGE

IT'S A START

IT'S A START

Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.

NEW WAY FORWARD

NEW WAY FORWARD

The first 90 days. Helping hand, with you through recovery, adjustment and easing back into being and feeling yourself.

TO A BIGGER LIFE

TO A BIGGER LIFE

Settling in. Support, ideas, encouragement and experiences all on offer. Lifetime members welcome!

FEATURED ARTICLES

Building confidence with your ostomy

Caitlin McGinnis

Building confidence with your ostomy

I recently went on a beach trip with a few of my girl friends. I was a little nervous about this trip only because we’d be in close quarters at the beach for 5 days and a few of the girls weren’t very familiar with my ostomy.

Wedding dresses and clothing with a stoma

A Bigger Life

Wedding dresses and clothing with a stoma

I recently just got married and for me my stoma was something to consider with my wedding dress. Being an ostomate with an ileostomy we tend to empty our bags often, so to have a big princess dress in a toilet cubicle is not the easiest. I went for a small floaty skirt starting at the waist so it wasn’t affecting the bag at all. I had to consider that it wasn’t too tight over the area of the bag.

What ostomy products do I use, and why?

Andy Fletcher

What ostomy products do I use, and why?

I’ve had my Stoma for ten years now, and in that time, I have tried multiple products in an attempt to find what works best for me. I thought I’d mention them – just in case there is something you have not thought of. Everyone has different needs, we are all different shapes, sizes – the products I use may not be ideal for you, but hopefully it’ll give you some ideas to help you experiment.

Latest Articles

Vitamin B12 with an ostomy

Vitamin B12 with an ostomy

It probably isn’t something you automatically think is a problem for you, and the reason for that is your liver stores vitamin B12 for a number of years, but it is important to remember it is a potential problem in 2-3 years after your initial surgery.


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What’s on the menu?

Caitlin

What’s on the menu?

Everyone is different even if we all have the same organ gone.  Experimenting with different foods will help you find what you like and what you can tolerate. Smoothies are a great way to get veggies and protein in that your body can absorb better.  Taking Imodium daily helps slow down my output during the day as well which is helpful for my busy lifestyle.


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Holiday abroad with a stoma and perineal sinus tract

Clare Mee

Holiday abroad with a stoma and perineal sinus tract

Some people stared at me on the beach when I had my bag/ Tomas cover out. I am quite a strong person so it didn’t really bother me that much, but when I don’t want the attention I wear high waisted bikinis or shorts to feel ‘normal’.


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