Living with an Ostomy

all posts relating to living with a ostomy, day to day. Including leaks, ostomy supplies, bag changes, being out in public, managing output.

Why I’m Keeping my Stoma Bag | World Ostomy Day 2017

Today is World Ostomy Day and I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now. I’ve spoken about why and how I came to have my ostomy quite abit – you can read more under the category ‘ostomy‘ – but recently, I’ve been considered what would happen if I went permanent. You see, my ostomy is technically and surgically temporary. Which means I have my rectum and anus still intact. Part of this is because when I lost my colon to my disease – it literally ate it from the inside out in the Summer of 2016 – I…

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The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part II

Welcome to Part II in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers the Digestive System 101, why and when stomas are needed as well as how they are formed surgically. Hopefully this gives you some insight into the many different reasons why stomas come to be, a basic but solid understand in the digestive system before I talk surgery!  This is not an extensive list of why, when and how stomas are created but that of the most common. Comments are welcomed, enjoy! xox Why Stomas are Needed The Digestive System Above is a diagram…

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The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part I

Welcome to my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?” This is aimed as providing educational information about why, how and when ostomies are formed; dispelling common mistakes and myths surrounding them, giving advice on how to manage the basics of a stoma, navigating ostomy supplies as well as exploring not only physical landscape of living with a stoma but the mental challenges too. Over the next five Tuesdays, I will be sharing the information I have gathered and produced in a simple and understandable manner. I currently live with a stoma and have done for a little over…

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Happy Stomaversary!

What I’ve Achieved in Twelve Months with my Ostomy   Well, me and Priscilla have been belly buddies for a whole year today. It feels like such a long time but it also feels like nothing, like I’ve clicked my fingers and here we are. But what have I done in these twelve months since that fateful day of ostomy surgery?   I survived another surgery! That would make two in three months. My hospital stay would come in at a total of 22 days. Most of my days were good but these were all post op. I changed my…

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When Does Having an Ostomy Feel “Normal”?

I am a firm believer in self confidence. Feeling sure of yourself and who you are is a big part of feeling good about life. But do you know what makes self confidence difficult? An incurable chronic illness. And all the things that come with it. What I struggled with was, after almost five years of living with Crohn’s Disease, I needed to have my colon removed and an ileostomy formed. The whole process of how it was going to change my body played on my mind a lot in those days leading up to surgery in August 2016. How…

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