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

Building confidence with your ostomy

Caitlin

Building confidence with your ostomy

I feel like I spend a lot of time talking to other ostomates about feeling confident. It usually takes time to feel that way and you may not always feel good. Surrounding yourself with friends and family that love you no matter what will help. My friends don’t care about it and if I fart or make a noise, we all just start laughing. Laughing makes me feel better and it lightens the mood.

Pain management after ostomy surgery

IT'S A START

Pain management after ostomy surgery

Post operatively when you are recovering in hospital from your surgery the nurses and doctors will regularly monitor your pain levels, but it is important that you let them know exactly how you are feeling and if the pain has worsened. There are many different methods for pain management and people come to surgery with different experiences and different medical histories.

Tips for having a useful and healthy outlet

Saleem

Tips for having a useful and healthy outlet

I saw myself as the victim for a long time, hated and had bitter thoughts to those that I thought had it better than me. I felt like God was punishing me. This did not help me one bit, my social anxiety got worse as well as my depression (because I was so busy feeling sorry for myself all the time, I’d get lost in my thoughts of how bad I thought things were). I still lost jobs for getting sick too often.

Latest Articles

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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Coping with a stomal fistula

Clare Mee

Coping with a stomal fistula

Waking at 5am with a bad leak two days after surgery isn’t much fun, you can’t leap out of bed as quickly. Oh well, onwards and upwards.


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Accessing mental health support following ostomy surgery

Lauraine Clarke

Accessing mental health support following ostomy surgery

I am however fortunate to have some support from family and friends who carried me through the black days, it must be truly awful for those who don’t have that support because my experience of accessing any form of help for this type of condition, virtually non existent.


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What’s normal and when to seek help with your stoma

What’s normal and when to seek help with your stoma

It is important to know when you are experiencing physical changes with your stoma if they are normal for this stage of your journey, or if you need to seek help. It’s also important that you feel well with your new stoma and you are coping emotionally. This handy guide should help keep you right.


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