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

Pain management after ostomy surgery

ITS A START

Pain management after ostomy surgery

Pain after any surgical procedure is common however it should not be overwhelming, and it should not be uncontrollable. If your having a planned procedure you should have the opportunity to discuss your options for pain management with the anesthetist or with the pain nurse. Sometimes it’s the fear of the unknown that causes the stress and anxiety.

My experience with dehydration

Clare Mee

My experience with dehydration

I heard conflicting views on the subject which was 1.5 litres to 2 litres a day, or much much higher for ostomates. Hydration sachets? ( hate the taste), sports drinks, water and plenty of it. Surely sports drinks are full of sugar? I also heard you can drink too much water, or ordinary water isn’t enough for us? It is a mine field (same as what foods to have) I just try and drink water.

Latest Articles

Understanding stoma problems

Understanding stoma problems

Within the world of stoma care there will be lots of words you will come across. So, we would like to give you a definition and understanding of what these words mean.


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Intimacy with a fellow ostomist

Andy

Intimacy with a fellow ostomist

Having a stoma should not detract anyone from having a loving, caring and an intimate level of trust that may have existed prior to the creation of a stoma.


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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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