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!

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Introducing: A Bigger Life Community

A Bigger Life

Introducing: A Bigger Life Community

We have listened! We have developed a new ostomy community on abiggerlife.com to create the opportunity to connect with other ostomates, clinical advisors and share experiences about living with a stoma.

Why your stoma may change in shape and size

New Way Forward

Why your stoma may change in shape and size

Whenever you have a stoma newly formed the first thing you notice is that it will be quite swollen. The shape and size of your stoma can change and will change over the course of the first 6 – 8 weeks after your surgery. The reason for that is whenever the surgeon is forming the stoma he has to handle your bowel. Whenever the surgeon handles the bowel, it causes it to swell.

What actually is a stoma, and what is the history behind it?

Andy

What actually is a stoma, and what is the history behind it?

The dictionary definition of a stoma is from the Greek meaning “mouth, or opening” – it is usually created as a result of a Diverticular disease. A stoma is created from part of your intestine whereby an opening on your abdomen is created into which the stoma is then attached. The stoma is the exit point of all bodily solid waste.

Latest Articles

How A Bigger Life Community can help you

Clare Mee

How A Bigger Life Community can help you

I always find that talking about what is on your mind is so much better than keeping it bottled up, and doctors don’t always know everything about living with a stoma so sometimes you need to ask those who live that life.


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Caitlin: My stoma friendly smoothie recipe

Caitlin

Caitlin: My stoma friendly smoothie recipe

My diet has probably been the hardest thing to adjust to since my ostomy surgery. I was recommended to eat about 1900 calories a day with 70-80 grams of protein daily. Eating that much is a lot for me but I’m trying!


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Introducing: A Bigger Life Community

Introducing: A Bigger Life Community

We have listened! We have developed a new ostomy community on abiggerlife.com to create the opportunity to connect with other ostomates, clinical advisors and share experiences about living with a stoma.


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My stoma kit at home and on the go

Clare Mee

My stoma kit at home and on the go

On a night out, I thin out my items a lot. I take a new stoma bag, a seal, tissue and a remover wipe and hope for the best, because I only want to take out a smaller handbag. Luckily I then just take some money, my phone and lipstick. You do have to be confident with your stoma bag’s ability to stay put and not leak, and I am very confident with mine, which helps enormously when you are out and about.


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