Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
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
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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.
A stoma nurse was soon at my side with leaflets and a marker pen to mark where my stoma would be. That was so scary as I didn’t have long to come to terms with it all. Maybe that was for the best as I would have thought too much about it.
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.