Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending ostomy surgery.
The first 90 days. A Helping hand with you through recovery, adjustment, getting familiar with your stoma care routine and easing back into being and feeling yourself.
Settling in. Support, ideas, encouragement and experiences to help you live a bigger life. Advice on returning to work, travel and getting back to your hobbies and interests.
Behind the Pouch is a new podcast from A Bigger Life and delivers a fortnightly dose of unscripted, unfettered chat with an ostomate from anywhere in the world. We believe that everyone has a story to tell and that a podcast can provide a platform for a whole new audience of ostomates to hear what ‘a bigger life’ means to someone else.
Alisa has just started Nursing School in Finland, a year after getting “Stevie.” She says “I have been through multiple surgeries and done some serious mental gymnastics to get where I am today, and I am beyond excited to hopefully help someone else in the future.”
This blog is for all new, future and those like me who have a stoma for quite some time, that you can still achieve anything that you want to with a stoma. It makes it an extra bit special that you’ve hit a huge milestone with your friend by your side. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, nothing to be embarrassed about. You would be on the other side of the phone for someone in your position.
Six years ago, when I was fully recovered from my surgery and into a regular routine, I responded to a newspaper advertisement and applied to First Cymru buses (national bus company for Wales) to become a full-time service bus driver. I was successful (obviously!) but when I was leaving to take up my new post, my employer said to me, "Go and be the best bus driver you can be."
Flow’ involves both an activity and a state of mind. When you’re in a ‘flow state of mind’ you’re not consciously thinking about yourself–in other words, you’re totally un-self-conscious. Get tips to help you identify your flow activities to build your happiness and resilience.