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

Welcome to Part V in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers practical hints and tips for managing a stoma in the immediate post op recovery period as well as some long term advice. It also covers the importance of abdominal exercises, some simple dietary advice upon first eating with your stoma follow discharge from hospital, some…

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10 Tips for Feeling Comfortable with an Ostomy

I remember the first time that things went wrong with my ostomy and I wondered to myself ‘How am I ever going to feel comfortable with this? How am I ever going to be okay with this?’ I’ve felt similarly when it comes to my IBD, when things didn’t go the way they or myself had hoped or planned they…

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Updated: My Ostomy Appliance Change Routine

It’s been a whole year since I shared my stoma bag change routine. I wish I felt more comfortable to actually show it in a video, but alas, I’m not quite there yet. You’d see it only take a maximum of five minutes on a good day – when the stoma is inactive and I don’t have a peristome rash.…

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Brava Protective Seal Shoot

Something I have been unable to share about – until now! – is my involvement with Coloplast and their Brava Protective Seal. I reviewed this product earlier on – read more here – but I was also approached by Coloplast HQ in Denmark to do a testimonial for the product too not long after that review went live. This would…

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Open Letter: Stoma Bag Change

Despite doing my own research prior to my ostomy surgery, nothing really can prepare you for changing your bag for the first time. Let alone the hundredth or whatever. I sat removing my leaky bag earlier on, remembering my first bag change when I felt in control. It must have been a couple months post op when I wasn’t afraid…

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10 Festive Tips for Eating and Enjoying Yourself at Christmas with …

Christmas 2017 marks my second festive period with my stoma. Last year, I was just four months into my journey of being ostomate and it felt too soon to give any tips. I was seeing how I coped; seen as it was a new year and not only did I have my stoma to consider but also my IBD. This year, I…

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Ostomy Blockages: How to Cope

It is early December and I am sat here dealing with a problem. A problem which I’ve suffered with in the past and one I will probably suffer with in the future; an partial ostomy blockage. You see, right now, my mind is cast back to those pre surgery talks I had with my IBD team. I wasn’t naive; I…

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

Welcome to Part IV in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers the ostomy appliances, their accessories, how to obtain your prescription and your options for getting hold of your supplies. There are some differences in appliances depending on your type of stoma and some instances when it might be different, but otherwise this advice…

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