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!

FEATURED ARTICLES

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

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.


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Back to work after stoma surgery

Clare Mee

Back to work after stoma surgery

My managers came to visit me before I had surgery just to check in with me, and they tried to reassure me which helped mentally. I feel very lucky to have good support at work as I know that is not always the case for a lot of people with invisible illnesses.


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My stoma bag changing routine

Aneica

My stoma bag changing routine

So I have a drawer in the bathroom where I keep my disposable bags, a pair of scissors; my adhesive removal spray, skin barrier wipes, seals and dry wipes. I keep my actual bags in a drawer in my bedroom as I have very inquisitive nieces and nephews running around after me.


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Stoma support in South Africa

Stoma support in South Africa

The services I am able to offer in South Africa include the psychological reassurance and guidance as well as training on how to use all the different products. This will help to make sure each individual uses the correct product for their stoma.


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Just married – bride with an ileostomy

Lisa

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.


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Erin Goodwin – InsideOut Ostomy Life

Erin Goodwin – InsideOut Ostomy Life

I tell you all this not to scare you out of choosing ostomy surgery as its never really a choice but to let you know that even after enduring three years of hell, I have come out the other side stronger than before and so glad that I didn’t give up on myself.


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