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

Dating and relationships

Aneica Duffy

Dating and relationships

Teenagers think about being in a relationship, going out partying and just living their life. Whilst this was all happening for them, it wasn’t happening for me when I was 16 years old. I was diagnosed with a disease (Ulcerative Colitis) that I never heard of and seemed to be getting more aggressive as the months went on

A good night’s sleep

A Bigger Life

Tips for a good night's sleep

How can I get a better night's sleep? Sleep plays an important role in your physical health so it's really important to get a good night's sleep. Although you might not be able to control all of the factors that interfere with your sleep, you can adopt habits that encourage better sleep. Start with these 6 steps to better sleep.

Andy Fletcher shares his tips on changing an ostomy bag

Andy Fletcher

Andy shares his tips for changing an ostomy bag

A one piece or a two piece appliance? What is the best way to remove a bag? How do you dispose of a used bag? These are some of the questions I have had to answer over the years. Nowadays the internet is full of suggestions, so I have here attempted to “merge” the more useful ones into this single blog.

Latest Articles

My best advice for new ostomates

Andrew

My best advice for new ostomates

The first bit of advice that I would give to an new ostomate would be to that you have to weather the storm at the beginning. For me I found the beginning the toughest, I didn't even look at my stoma until a week after the surgery. You have so much new information to take in at the start it is very overwhelming.


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Caitlin: Most days I think of the positives but can have bad days too

Caitlin

Caitlin: Most days I think of the positives but can have bad days too

I have been struggling with the fact that I will have an ostomy for the rest of my life. When I initially had surgery in 2011, the plan was always to use my j-pouch. Not once did anyone ever mention that I may have an ostomy forever. When these finicky fistulas got in the way, it became clear that I may never be able to use my j-pouch.


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Tips for having a useful and healthy outlet

Saleem Juma

Tips for having a useful and healthy outlet

Self Pity… I despise that term; or maybe it’s the term “pity” in general. More likely it’s the latter, whenever people ask me about the disease or the permanent ostomy bag on my stomach, the expression and tone of the conversation always turns to that pitying look and demeanour.


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Learning to accept your new stoma

Clare Mee

Learning to accept your new stoma

You will suffer much more without support, there is plenty out there now. This very website for example has a huge range of topics that might be able to answer any questions you may have.


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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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Telling your child about your stoma

Telling your child about your stoma

Whenever your thinking about what to say to children in your family it very much depends on what age they are and how much information you have shared with them before you have gone into hospital. It really is an individual thing but our hints and tips will help you see what has worked for other people and you can choose what's best for your family.


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