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

The power of acceptance in recovery from ostomy surgery

Andy

Building confidence with your ostomy

My ileostomy was created just over ten years ago on the 18th March 2008, so in this blog I thought I would share with you the acceptance, problems and recovery during that time, and so as such, it is designed for the newer ostomate. There are ten items, one for each year of my new life.

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.

Accessing mental health support following ostomy surgery

Lorraine

Accessing mental health support following ostomy surgery

When I had my ileostomy way back in 1988, it gave me my life back. I suffered no psychological effects other than feeling grateful to be well again. Inflammatory bowel disease had blighted my life for so many years, getting rid of that colon was no loss and having a stoma was a small price I was more than happy to pay.

Latest Articles

Coping with sleep deprivation

Coping with sleep deprivation

We all love a good night sleep but sometimes we go through a period when we’re not getting enough shut-eye. It is important to work out the reasons why and find ways to help.


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What exactly is normal?

Lauraine Clarke

What exactly is normal?

Even though we cope with these serious body conditions and the aftermath of sometimes mutilating surgery (because we have NO choice but to cope), I still have a desire to dress up, show up because I will never give up


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My Ostomy Travel Kit

Andy

My Ostomy Travel Kit

Every month, I replace the collars and pouches in the kits with fresh ones – the ones removed are then used at home. I do this because I have noticed that the collars sometimes “stick” to each other, and the pouches get knocked about a bit, so rather than risk a leak, I just swap them over


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All things Christmas

All things Christmas

Sarah our Clinical Advisor shares her top tips from ordering supplies to festive foods to help you enjoy the holiday period without worrying about your stoma.


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Sex & relationships with a stoma

Clare Mee

Sex & relationships with a stoma

I am lucky that my husband has been amazing and really doesn’t care about my stoma, but I heard about others not so lucky, and we are talking about husbands and wives who have been with their partners a long time, and can’t get over the fact that you have a stoma.


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