Category : Aneica

Bowel tests with a stoma

When I was admitted to hospital I had to go through a series of bowel tests. When you have a stoma as a result of having your large bowel and rectum removed, things are slightly trickier. I had to get a MRI of my small bowel as results were showing inflammation… I hate that word inflammation brings so many horrid memories. Back to the point, I went to an area with a table and a lonely chair. I parked my […]

Difference between my planned and emergency ostomy surgeries

After 3 years of living with Ulcerative Colitis my body decided to reject every medication available to me at the time, in 2014 I was told I needed surgery one day and a few days later… I was giving my consent for the operation and wearing the trendy blue gown to be wheeled down to theatre. I was not scared at this point, but was hopeful of what life I was going to live with my stoma. I didn’t have […]

My experience of a stoma leak

This blog is really personal; admitting about my embarrassing experiences of having a leak is a big step. A leak is when the contents of the pouch leak outside of the pouch. Having a stoma is not always plain sailing, things can happen at any time which may be out of our control. All ostomates hate the dreaded word ‘LEAK’, when I first got my ileostomy I had a couple of leaks and thought it’s happening because its new and […]

My stoma bag changing routine

When I get up in the morning I am like every single person wakening up. Pressing the snooze button on the alarm for five minutes… and another five minutes. Like any other person, you eventually get out of bed to go to work. I get washed and then get cooper sorted, I usually change my bag after a bath or shower as I feel the bag isn’t as effective as a new one would be. As a carer I have […]

How I order my ostomy supplies

Having a stoma means having to order repeat prescriptions regularly, I am grateful to receive my stoma supplies free from the NHS. I understand that this isn’t the case for all ostomates but I will not go into, too much detail on that… it is how I get them is what I want to blog about. I used to work in a pharmacy for a period of time where I was able to get my supplies in there which was […]

My experience of mucocutaneous separation

Some of you may have seen my Fixers project on UTV on the 7th of September. It was recorded approx. 8 weeks ago where I looked healthy and had everything going for me after my previous two operations. I like to be complicated lol!!! 5 weeks ago I was admitted to hospital long story short I am now 3 weeks post operation with a new stoma Cooper (RIP BOB ?). This surgery has been the toughest yet, simply because I […]

Seeing my stoma for the first time

When I think back to when I was told about my operation and having a stoma formed. I didn’t in the slightest think that I would be the person I am today, currently studying to get into nursing, blogging and ENGAGED!!! (AHHH STILL IN SHOCK). It’s amazing how your life can change for the better. I wouldn’t be the person I am without my nurses in Altnagelvin; I am privileged to have such amazing support. From providing information on what […]

My emotions have an impact on my stoma

Living life with a stoma is a little different to the “normal life”, but what is normal? Is it just following the crowd and afraid of breaking the mould!! I have broken the mould and wore the t-shirt. Having a stoma is a small part of a bigger life, we are human with emotions and feelings like everyone else. My emotions have an impact on my stoma, when I get nervous whether it be before a game, or when studying […]

Jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft

Before I got diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis I was such a wee scaredy cat ahaha. I would never have done anything like what I did on Sunday the 9th of October 2016. Which was…..? A SKYDIVE!!!! I was thinking about doing something that will create awareness and also act as a fundraiser for Let’s Talk Crohn’s and Colitis NI and the Stoma Services in Altnagelvin Hospital in Northern Ireland. So I randomly signed up for a skydive in August and […]

Dating and relationships

Teenagers think about being in a relationship, going out partying and just living their life. Whilst this was all happening for them, it wasn’t happening for me when I was 16 years old. I was diagnosed with a disease (Ulcerative Colitis) that I never heard of and seemed to be getting more aggressive as the months went on, which led me to have my colon and rectum removed within a short period of time. Personally I thought I would not […]