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. A Helping hand with you through recovery, adjustment, getting familiar with your stoma care routine and easing back into being and feeling yourself.

TO A BIGGER LIFE

TO A BIGGER LIFE

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.

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Podcast Series – Behind the Pouch

To a bigger life

Podcast Series - Behind the Pouch

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.

You, me and my stoma

Alisa

You, me and my stoma

Alisa shares how having a stoma shouldn’t affect your relationship with a partner. Your bag does not have to define you, and it does not have to be a part of your relationship.

Dealing with a noisy stoma

Aneica

Dealing with a noisy stoma

Having my little friend is second nature to me now, but it took a while getting used to him and there’s days I still am adjusting. He looks different compared to the stomas on the books or websites that you see. I have learnt to deal with that, as someone told me that nobody can be perfect in every way. But the thing that I am self-conscious about is how my stoma decides to make a lot of noise at the most in appropriate times.

Sharing your experience with others

Keith

Sharing your experience with others

After my operation, I decided to expand my social media presence and use it to share my experiences and offer advice and support to others. It took off and started to grow rapidly, mainly due to my Twitter account. This, in turn, led to a lot of other things: a few blogs, a swimwear photoshoot for ostomy wear, charity fundraising, guest speaking at an event for Respond Healthcare about my life after illness.

Latest Articles

Tips for looking after the skin around your stoma

Alisa

Tips for looking after the skin around your stoma

This summer I got a part time gig as a nursing assistant and I have learned so much! I obviously can’t go into full detail about my job, but the one message I want to deliver is that many things can be done as an ostomate too!


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Preventing dehydration during chemotherapy

Preventing dehydration during chemotherapy

If you are suffering from diarrhoea during chemotherapy it is very important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Find out how to make your own rehydration drink with our simple solution.


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Possible side effects on your stoma during chemotherapy – Diet

Possible side effects on your stoma during chemotherapy – Diet

We have create a series of short videos highlighting the possible side effects that may affect how your stoma functions if you are having chemotherapy. Diarrhoea is one of the most common side effects when you are having chemotherapy. If you are suffering from this side effect, I suggest that you reduce the amount of fibre you eat.


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How do you empty your stoma bag when out and about?

Clare Mee

How do you empty your stoma bag when out and about?

I am thankful that I haven’t had to change my stoma bag in a public toilet ( except my work one but that doesn’t count) as there are often no shelves, no hooks and no mirrors. Does anyone have a different way of emptying their bag? Or any tips to help make things easier?


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Possible side effects on your stoma during chemotherapy – Diarrhoea

Possible side effects on your stoma during chemotherapy – Diarrhoea

We have create a series of short videos highlighting the possible side effects that may affect how your stoma functions if you are having chemotherapy. Diarrhoea is one of the most common side effects when you are having chemotherapy. Please remember help will always be at hand from your stoma nurse, colorectal cancer nurse, oncology nurse, doctors and your GP. Do report side effects and issues.


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Controlling ostomy odours

Controlling ostomy odours

Bathroom odours can be a challenge, but ostomates do have a number of options when it comes to odour control. Here are the most popular options.


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Navigating events with an ostomy

Alisa

Navigating events with an ostomy

Going to events, such as concerts, weddings, family gatherings or house parties with an ostomy can be a bit scary at first. But with a little bit of preparing anything can be done.


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