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

Have you named your stoma?

Whilst talking to fellow ostomates, I’ve discovered that some people like to give their stoma a name – after all, it’s a huge part of their lives. However, what’s behind the name…. do you have a comical name, or a name that has meaning? As a bit of fun, I’ve asked my friends on the Facebook group “Singles for stoma’s” what they call theirs. The group is worldwide, so there are some interesting and varied names ! Andrew simply calls […]

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

My experience of a one piece and two piece ostomy bag

The very first Stoma Bag you used would have been fitted by the hospital immediately after your operation, and the chances are, it would have been a clear bag, with the contents visible. This would be by design, so they can monitor your output and make sure things are working as they should be. The bag would also have been a “one piece bag” from a specific manufacturer. The reason they do this is because most manufacturers will have an […]

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

Andy shares his funny stoma stories

Ever since I have had my stoma created, some funny things have happened to me relating to it. When I say they are funny, they weren’t at the time, but looking back, I still giggle just thinking about them …. Here are three examples …. I’d love to hear yours. Don’t be shy, remain anonymous if you wish, but hit the comments button below and share your embarrassing humorous story! 1)  Just after I had my stoma created, I was […]

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

Most people reading this have a stoma, but how many of us actually know what it is, or why we have it …… Every day, the number of people who have a stoma increases – they are believed to number around one and a half million around the world. What is a stoma 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 […]

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, and so in this blog, I thought I’d mention them – just in case there is something you have not thought of. It’s not fair to mention brand names here, and I offer no loyalty to a particular make or company, these products “just work well” for me…. Everyone has different needs, we […]

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

The power of acceptance in recovery from ostomy surgery

My ileostomy was created just over ten years ago on the 18th March 2008, so in this blog I thought I would share with you the acceptance, problems and recovery during that time, and so as such, it is designed for the newer ostomate. There are ten items, one for each year of my new life. I hope that this will give some hope to those who have recently undergone the creation of a stoma, or those about to. Most […]

Obtaining ostomy supplies

How to order ostomy supplies in the UK Obtaining and ordering stoma supplies will vary according to which country you are in, so this blog is only relevant to the United Kingdom, but I would love to hear how other countries operate …. If you would like to, why not use the reply function at the bottom of this page and share? In the United Kingdom we have “The National Health Service” – this basically offers free medical treatment for […]

Living with a parastomal hernia

What is a Parastomal Hernia? A parastomal hernia is a type of incisional hernia that allows protrusion of abdominal contents through the abdominal wall defect created during the creation of an ostomy. The formation of a Stoma is quite an invasive event – the stoma protrudes through muscle and fat layers before exiting through the abdominal wall. However, by doing so, the entire area is weakened. In some people, this weakness can lead to the formation of a parastomal hernia. […]

Shopping list to get you through the early days

There is a great deal of information available on the internet these days regarding the formation of stomas – Why they need to be created, how to look after them and ways to encourage you back to work … but none of them will tell you how you can help yourself to recover quickly and be comfortable in doing so. These things can only be learnt from personal experience. When I came out of hospital, there were a lot of […]


Andy shares what is good to eat and what to avoid

We Ostomates have to be a little careful with what we eat and drink, but there should be no reason why we cannot have a rich and varied diet. By the very nature of our condition, output is “normally” watery, so we want to avoid, or moderate anything likely to make things worse. For me, this is “cheese spread”, or “walnuts”. If I eat much of these, I am forever emptying…… on the other side, chicken is absorbed better for […]