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 ABC of Ostomy

It's a start

The ABC of Ostomy

There are three main types of stoma, colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. A colostomy or ileostomy can either be temporary or permanent. A urostomy is always permanent.

My experience with dehydration

Clare Mee

My experience with dehydration

I know that having an ileostomy means that I don’t absorb as much water as I used to, as the large bowel did most of that. I have never been a great water and fluid drinker so knew that I would have to change my ways.

Caring for a loved one with a stoma and dementia

A Bigger Life

Caring for a loved one with a stoma and dementia

There are many causes of dementia and people with dementia can become disinterested in their usual everyday activities and they have problems controlling their emotions. They can find social situations quite challenging. A person with dementia can lose that understanding and empathy for others and situations

Fighting frustration with an ostomy bag

Saleem Juma

Fighting frustration with an ostomy bag

I have to do this every 2 days with the way I work out, it started happening after my most recent surgery. Since I have a massive scar running down where my belly button used to be (they took that out too), I have to cut my pouches in a much different way than they used to go on and the way the sweat sneaks in there while I’m working out. Well let’s just say I deal with a lot of bag changes.

Latest Articles

Swimming with a stoma

Swimming with a stoma

Swimming a is great way of being able to undertake some gentle exercise, especially in the early months following your surgery.


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Your guide to ostomy products

Your guide to ostomy products

There are lots of companies that create stoma pouches and accessories which work along side them. So, it depends on what product you use, what your comfortable with and what is available in your country.


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When life gives you lemons

Lauraine Clarke

When life gives you lemons

I’ve had about 30 operations and procedures since 1985 when I first became ill. I’ve always bounced back. I remember when I had my ileostomy in the late 80s, within a few weeks I was being dragged up some mountain by my husband!


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Adapting to life with a problematic stoma

Talya Goding

Adapting to life with a problematic stoma

I have come to realise a new respect for others who have difficult stomas and the troubles that it brings, I am no longer in the mindset that everyone has the same stoma journey and that not all stomas are equal, just like humans, we all are different.


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