by Jen McGregor

My Dog Saved My Life

by Jen McGregor

Jen shares a very personal story about feeling suicidal before her ileostomy surgery, and how her dog Bella prevented her from making a dangerous decision that she would have regretted. Bella takes great care of Jen and has given her a reason to get up in the morning, even on the darkest days.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Mental Health

by Billie Anderson

Improving My Health With The Help Of Animals

by Billie Anderson

Billie used to ride ponies before she became unwell and had stoma surgery. She’s promised herself she’ll get back in the saddle one day, but for now she is more than happy to walk her neighbour’s dog, Beau, and is feeling grateful for the positive affect Beau has had on her.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Mental Health, Coronavirus

by Nathan Wheeler

Lockdown Has Changed Me

by Nathan Wheeler

Lockdown forced Nathan to reconsider his priorities and he’s since rediscovered the love he has for his home, his health and his family.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Mental Health, Coronavirus

by Anita Brown

Pets As Therapy

by Anita Brown

Anita shares a story with us about her experience as an activities coordinator in a residential care home, and how a travelling farm brought joy to all the staff and residents. She also tells us about her chocolate Lab, Sherlock, and how he supports her.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma

by Stephie Simpson

Pets Are An Absolute Joy

by Stephie Simpson

With International Dog Day taking place in August, Stephie tells is about her Newfoundland pup, Jenson, and how their relationship was impacted by her ulcerative colitis, along all the other animals to have lived with her over the years.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Chronic Illness