Not all stomas are planned
I used to be very sporty and played a number of sports including Gaelic football, hurling, rugby and soccer.
Then I was blown up on my way to work in 2010 at 33 years of age.
Initially I was in hospital for 11 months.
As a result of this attack I had a hind quarter amputation with flap relocation. In layman’s terms, I had my right leg amputated to reconstruct that part of my body. I also suffered nerve damage to my left leg.
I had to have an emergency colostomy and in the months following, a urostomy also.
Combine all this with me now being a permanent wheelchair user and that’s me in a nutshell.
So for the last 7 years I have been in and out of hospital for anything from a few days to a few weeks 2 or 3 times a year for various medical procedures.