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!

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Building confidence with your ostomy

Caitlin McGinnis

Building confidence with your ostomy

I recently went on a beach trip with a few of my girl friends. I was a little nervous about this trip only because we’d be in close quarters at the beach for 5 days and a few of the girls weren’t very familiar with my ostomy.

Wedding dresses and clothing with a stoma

A Bigger Life

Wedding dresses and clothing with a stoma

I recently just got married and for me my stoma was something to consider with my wedding dress. Being an ostomate with an ileostomy we tend to empty our bags often, so to have a big princess dress in a toilet cubicle is not the easiest. I went for a small floaty skirt starting at the waist so it wasn’t affecting the bag at all. I had to consider that it wasn’t too tight over the area of the bag.

What ostomy products do I use, and why?

Andy Fletcher

What ostomy products do I use, and why?

I’ve had my Stoma for ten years now, and in that time, I have tried multiple products in an attempt to find what works best for me. I thought I’d mention them – just in case there is something you have not thought of. Everyone has different needs, we are all different shapes, sizes – the products I use may not be ideal for you, but hopefully it’ll give you some ideas to help you experiment.

Latest Articles

Fighting frustration with an ostomy bag

Saleem Juma

Fighting frustration with an ostomy bag

I write a lot of technical articles that have practical advice you can apply to both your Ostomy and having Colitis/Crohns Disease in general to improve your quality of life; but with this one I wanted to take a step back and look at the mental aspects and emotional toughness that it takes to deal with having an Ostomy.


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What actually is a stoma, and what is the history behind it?

Andy

What actually is a stoma, and what is the history behind it?

The dictionary definition of a stoma is from the Greek meaning “mouth, or opening” – it is usually created as a result of a Diverticular disease. A stoma is created from part of your intestine whereby an opening on your abdomen is created into which the stoma is then attached.


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Pain management after ostomy surgery

Pain management after ostomy surgery

Pain after any surgical procedure is common however it should not be overwhelming, and it should not be uncontrollable. If your having a planned procedure you should have the opportunity to discuss your options for pain management with the anesthetist or with the pain nurse.


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Building confidence with your ostomy

Caitlin

Building confidence with your ostomy

I feel like I spend a lot of time talking to other ostomates about feeling confident. It usually takes time to feel that way and you may not always feel good. Surrounding yourself with friends and family that love you no matter what will help. My friends don’t care about it and if I fart or make a noise, we all just start laughing. Laughing makes me feel better and it lightens the mood.


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