Category : Clare Mee

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How do you empty your stoma bag when out and about?

I am thankful that I haven’t had to change my stoma bag in a public toilet ( except my work one but that doesn’t count) as there are often no shelves, no hooks and no mirrors. Does anyone have a different way of emptying their bag? Or any tips to help make things easier? Click to read more.

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Understanding your feelings as a new ostomate

Any chronic illness can cause depression and anxiety, so that can alter the way you perceive the way things will turn out, this in turn will make things ten times worse than they actually are. I was like this pre surgery and everything seemed so awful and scary. Clare shares the feelings of a new ostomate.Click to read more.

Choosing the right ostomy products for you

It really is trial and error in getting the correct ostomy products to help manage your stoma. There is a solution for every problem and can make the difference in living your bigger life. Clare shares how using the correct ostomy products for your needs is essential in managing your stoma. Click to read more.


Reaching out to an online ostomy community for support

Talking to other ostomates who understand your struggles and challenges can be a great step towards living your bigger life with a stoma. Especially for new ostomates, the positive impact of online communities cannot be overstated. Click here to watch Clare’s video on how the ostomy community has helped her stoma journey.

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Me and my stoma – 4 years on

Clare looks back over the last four years since she had her stoma surgery. It’s not quite how she had planned to spend her stomaversary! Read the blog to find out more.

Am I classed as disabled?

From reading blogs and articles from ostomates, some view their ostomy as a disability and others don’t. In this blog Clare asks the question- is having a stoma a disability?


New year new me?

Clare has decided to get fitter and healthier as a New Year’s resolution. Teaming up with a friend has made it a little less dauting as they head to the gym for the first time. Here’s how and why she is going to make some changes.

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What’s it like when your partner or close family take on a carer role?

After surgery you might need some help with personal care, but what is it like when a family member or partner takes on that role?  Clare shares her experience of the times when her husband has taken on the role of carer.

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Toilets – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We all know the saying, when you gotta go, you gotta go!  When that happens out in public you really hope it will be a sparkly clean toilet with all the facilities, but sometimes that is not the case. Clare takes a humorous look at some of the toilets she has encountered– the good, the bad and the ugly.  How many of them have you experienced?

The Pre Surgery Nerves

Nerves before surgery is completely normal and everyone has them. Clare had surgery recently and discovered just what a rollercoaster it can be.  Find out how she got on.