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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What to do with unused ostomy supplies

A Bigger Life

What to do with unused ostomy supplies

Don't throw out old unused ostomy products, instead donate them to a local ostomy support group. Within the time of living with a stoma the vast majority of people try lots of different products. There will be a time that you will have some unwanted stock that you aren't sure what to do with.

Tips for getting through college with an ostomy

Saleem Juma

Tips for getting through college

If you’re in college like myself with an ostomy, or are getting ready to go off to college; chances are you’ve thought about how you’re going to deal with everyday college life and your ostomy.

Where can I find my local stoma care nurse?

New Way Forward

Where can I find my local stoma care nurse?

Stoma care nurses have been around for about 30 years, if you had your surgery pre 30 years ago you probably aren't aware where you can find your local stoma nurse. Read more for hints and tips about how to find your local nurse.

Dealing with sore skin around your stoma

Lorraine Patrick

Dealing with sore skin around your stoma

I wanted to share with you my tips for dealing with sore skin. At some point most of you have probably had sore or itchy skin in the area around the stoma where the flange sits. Read more for hints and tips on managing sore skin.

Latest Articles

How I order my ostomy supplies

Aneica

How I order my ostomy supplies

Having my stoma supplies delivered home, they send complimentary items such as scissors and a carrier bag on your first order which is nice because those extra things come in handy.


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Controlling your emotions after ostomy surgery

Saleem Juma

Controlling your emotions after ostomy surgery

Controlling your emotions after any kind of traumatic ordeal isn’t easy; and having a surgery that completely changes your basic human bathroom functions is going to be pretty well up there as far as making your emotions go a little haywire for a bit.


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Living with a parastomal hernia

Andy

Living with a parastomal hernia

My Parastomal hernia has been caused (I believe) by a couple of factors, lifting heavy objects too soon after surgery, and being overweight. Yes, I can lose weight, but the damage has already been done.


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How I look after my stoma and surrounding skin

Clare Mee

How I look after my stoma and surrounding skin

It can be very difficult to keep the skin around your stoma pain free, especially if you have other issues like fistula or uneven skin. It can be trial and error with solutions and bags. One tends to carry on with whatever bag is offered in hospital and struggle through because we don’t know any different.


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