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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Get moving

A Bigger Life

Exercise and fitness tips

If you took part in physical activity before surgery there is absolutely no reason why you can’t get back to that again. If you have never taken part in physical exercise before it is important to start off slowly. A gentle walk or swimming are both very easy on your abdominal muscles. Ensure that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Take your time and don’t overdo yourself. Enjoy getting back to exercising.

Difference between my planned and emergency ostomy surgeries

Aneica Duffy

Difference between my planned and emergency ostomy surgeries

My recent surgery was planned unlike the other two. I personally think having a planned surgery gives your mind more time to go into overtime, thinking about every little detail whereas before I just went along and didn’t ask many questions. Everyone’s journey is different, like I lived life to the full and still continually do.

Latest Articles

A day in the life of a Stoma Care Nurse

A day in the life of a Stoma Care Nurse

A SCN is a very important part of the multi-disciplinary team within your hospital. They will be the one who is able to ensure your surgeon knows your situation and any other important details they might need to know about your journey. He/she will be the liaison between any social workers, physios or occupational therapists, helping to direct you to the appropriate health care professional that can help you with any problems that you might be having.


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Living with chronic pain

Caitlin

Living with chronic pain

Dealing with chronic pain is exhausting physically and mentally. My neck and upper back pain have been so bad lately that it’s starting to impact my quality of life and my daily activities. Self-care is so important.


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The power of acceptance in recovery from ostomy surgery

Andy

The power of acceptance in recovery from ostomy surgery

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.


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Bowel tests with a stoma

Aneica

Bowel tests with a stoma

When you have a stoma as a result of having your large bowel and rectum removed, things are slightly trickier. I had to get a MRI of my small bowel as results were showing inflammation.


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Reasons for needing ostomy surgery

Reasons for needing ostomy surgery

The word stoma is a short name for the three different stoma types, colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. There is many different reasons for needing ostomy surgery and the type of stoma required.


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