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Andy debunks common myths about living with a stoma

Having a stoma will not stop you doing anything at all once you are fully recovered and that is very important to understand. It will not shorten your life, nor will it will not stop you eating your favourite food. What it will do however, is make you pain free. it will give you a quality of life that I bet you forgot about, and you will have your health back. Andy shares the common myths surrounding stoma surgery. Click […]

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Office working with a stoma

Many ostomates can return to work following their surgery.  Andy has an office-based job and shares his experience of what it’s like working with a stoma.

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In Good Company

Andy set himself the challenge of finding celebrity ostomates in the UK to see how common it was for them to speak out about their stoma.  He didn’t find many outside USA.  In this blog he has set us all the challenge- how many celebrity ostomates can you add to the list from anywhere in the world? Check out who we have found so far and add to the list.

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Getting rid of odour- a review of what has and hasn’t worked for me.

Smells can be a big problem for ostomates, but with such a variety of odour eliminating products on the market it can be hard to know what to choose. Andy has tried quite a few and has shared the results in this blog

Needing the toilet when you are out and about

At some point after the birth of your stoma, you will want to venture outdoors – it’s totally natural and expected that you will be anxious about being too far away from a toilet. Read Andy’s blog. as he shares some options for getting access to toilets if you are in the UK.

Ileostomy food tips for a good output

Andy’s shares helpful advice for ileostomates on what to eat to manage output. To read Andy’s advice click here. Meet Andy

A Bigger Life blogger who shares his experience of living with a stoma, ileostomy

Surviving the first couple of weeks after stoma surgery

Andy’s shares helpful advice for new ostomates on recovery in the early after stoma surgery. To read Andy’s advice click here. Meet Andy

A Bigger Life blogger whos shares his experience of living with a stoma

Advice for obtaining and sampling new stoma products

“Samples also give you an obvious opportunity to “try” any product before committing yourself, but if you remain unconvinced as to a products usefulness, feel free to ask for additional samples.” To read Andy’s full blog post about his advice on obtaining and sampling new stoma products, head over to A bigger Life’s community by clicking here to read more. Meet Andy

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Keeping hydrated with an ostomy

“There are however two well known home-made solutions that are easy to produce – both should be chilled prior to drinking, and can be flavoured in any way you want …. Just sip through the day.” To read Andy’s full blog post about the two home made solutions he uses to keep hydrated throughout the day, head over to A bigger Life’s community by clicking here to read more. Meet Andy

A Bigger Life blogger whos shares his experience of living with a stoma

Intimacy with a fellow ostomist

“Firstly, be comfortable with your body. We all have a stoma which was created for a reason – mine saved my life, and as such, I’ll always be grateful for its existence. Therefore, I’m not prepared to hide it away. Your partner should (in my opinion) love you for who you are. ” To read Andy’s full blog post about his advice on intimacy between couples who both had a stoma created before their relationship started, head over to A […]