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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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

Difference between my planned and emergency ostomy surgeries

Aneica

Difference between my planned and emergency ostomy surgeries

After 3 years of living with Ulcerative Colitis my body decided to reject every medication available to me at the time, in 2014 I was told I needed surgery one day and a few days later... I was giving my consent for the operation and wearing the trendy blue gown to be wheeled down to theatre.


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The ABC of Ostomy

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.


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Obtaining ostomy supplies

Andy

Obtaining ostomy supplies

Obtaining and ordering stoma supplies will vary according to which country you are in, so this blog is only relevant to the United Kingdom, but I would love to hear how other countries operate ….


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My experience of a stoma leak

Aneica

My experience of a stoma leak

Having a stoma is not always plain sailing, things can happen at any time which may be out of our control. All ostomates hate the dreaded word ‘LEAK’, when I first got my ileostomy I had a couple of leaks and thought it’s happening because its new and my stomach was swollen so didn’t let it get to me. I then lived in a ‘leak free world’ for about 2 ½ years then one day I had an irritating itch near my stoma but just kept scratching it.


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