Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
Whenever you think about people living with a stoma, there might be the impression that it's only a problem, disease or something to do with old age that causes people to have a stoma. Having a stoma can actually happen at any age right from new born babies through the whole of your life span to the elderly. You could perceive teenagers as having a harder time
In Feb 2018 I started as an Auxiliary Nurse in my local hospital, this was a big deal for me as I had applied for nursing courses at Queens University Belfast. I was doing three to four 12 hour shifts a week, I found myself comfortable coming to work and my ileostomy was no different than any other day once I got settled in.
You just need to look at life through a different angle. Not someone who’s life has been changed for the worse and now less of a person, but as someone who can stand tall and say I have been through an horrendous time and come out the other end stronger and ready to tell my story.
This picture was the day after I got told, my stoma is badly inflamed and ulcerated, but sure the show must go on. As stated in my previous blog I was upgraded from Ulcerative Colitis to Crohns Disease.