Category : Aneica

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 […]

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Ileostomy doesn’t stop me playing contact sports

It’s the time of the year again…. CHAMPIONSHIP!!! Even though I have an ileostomy I continue to play my contact sports such as Camogie and Ladies Gaelic. People would say ‘are you wise’, but I just simply reply ‘why wouldn’t I?’ I am still only 6 months post op and I am back training with my two teams again, I might not be able to finish a training session but I have to acknowledge how far I have come. So […]

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Disneyland Paris with my stoma

I never have been on a holiday before…until lately. My family and I went to Disneyland Paris. Yes!! I am a big kid at heart and somehow think I always will be. You had seen my pre-holiday packing for ‘BOB’. Being that organised meant that I had no bother whatsoever on my travels. At security checks I showed my travel certificate with my case with all my stoma and medication in it and just walked on through with no problem, […]

Travel kits and a stoma

What to bring on your travels

Holidays are a topic that I am not just comfortable with yet, but I am trying to be as organised with myself and also ‘BOB’ as he so important now in my life. He is a big part of it as he literally saved my life, but he doesn’t control me in any shape or form. So we have a family holiday soon and it is going to be amazing no doubt, but now that ‘BOB’ is here I need […]

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Swimming with an ostomy

Stomas and swimming is something I am frequently asked ‘can you go into the pool?’. My reply is ‘Does a duck swim, of course I can, and I have my own inflatable if I want ;).’ It is just about feeling comfortable with yourself and not thinking about what could happen, because most of the time it doesn’t. I never miss an opportunity to go to the pool now as when I was really ill, I was afraid I would […]