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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Managing stoma granulomas

It's a start

What is a stoma granuloma and how to mange them

One of the most common reasons ostomates request a review appointment is that they have noticed some bleeding around their stoma. One of the most common reasons for this is a little thing called a granuloma, this usually occurs at the junction of where the stoma joins onto the skin.

Back to work after stoma surgery

Clare Mee

Back to work after stoma surgery

I was off work for just over a year. Mainly because I was off with the flare up of indeterminate colitis for four months, that was even before the surgery. I found that very difficult as I worried all the time about work .

Just married – bride with an ileostomy

Lisa Walkingshaw

Just married - bride with an ileostomy

On Friday 29th September this year I married my best friend and soulmate, the very person who has been by my side through all my “sickness and health”. Our family and friends from far and near (even as far as Australia) gathered at 3pm to watch us become one, all the love and emotion that surrounded us was overwhelming.

Dealing with pancaking

New way forward

How to deal with pancaking

You may have come across the word pancaking and wondering what it means. Pancaking is a common problems that people with a colostomy will complain about. It is caused when output stays on top of the stoma, and does not move down into the bottom of the pouch. It dries out and sticks around the stoma, instead of falling to the bottom.

Latest Articles

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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My experience of having a proctectomy

Clare Mee

My experience of having a proctectomy

When I started to get better it was arranged for me to have the stump removed. I was lucky in some respects because I had a short stump and the surgeon could remove the rest through the bottom end without opening up my abdominal scar.


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Wedding dresses and clothing with a stoma

Wedding dresses and clothing with a stoma

I recently just got married and for me my stoma was something to consider with my wedding dress. I went for a small floaty skirt starting in the waist so it wasn't affecting the bag at all. I had to consider that it wasn't too tight over the area of the bag, otherwise as soon as it fills up it might have been noticeable.


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The emotional side of an ostomy

Caitlin

The emotional side of an ostomy

When I spent a month in the hospital and had emergency surgery to remove my colon to save my life is when I truly realised I was in bad shape. This is when all the emotions and reality came.


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Emptying your bag on the go

Saleem Juma

Emptying your bag on the go

A small bottle of water that fits in your pocket along with a few paper towels/napkins/toilet paper etc folded into your pocket goes a LONG way in ensuring that you’ll never be unprepared if you need to make a quick empty on the fly.


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Managing stoma granulomas

Managing stoma granulomas

One of the most common reasons ostomates request a review appointment is that they have noticed some bleeding around their stoma. One of the most common reasons for this is a little thing called a granuloma.


Read More