by Jay Hyrons

Regaining My Confidence After A Tough Time With PTSD And IBS

by Jay Hyrons

Jay had a tough time last year when her stoma started to misbehave, resulting in a loss of confidence with travelling. Here she shares how that tied in with the trilogy she’s writing and how she regained her confidence.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Mental Health

by Aleesha Verma

Waking Up To An Emergency Ileostomy

by Aleesha Verma

Aleesha was just 18 when she had emergency surgery to form her ileostomy. Although she will be forever grateful for how it saved her life, here she shares a little about the shock of visiting her consultant for Ulcerative Colitis then waking up from surgery with a stoma.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Surgery, Mental Health

by Sam Melling

Hide And Seek With My Hidden Illness

by Sam Melling

With Hidden Disabilities Week on her mind, Sam has been thinking over her relationship with her body and how it can often play games with her.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Disability, Mental Health

by Jay Hyrons

Celebrating The Anniversary Of Your Stoma

by Jay Hyrons

Jay has been thinking about birthday celebrations and how some ostomates celebrate the anniversary of their stoma surgery. Here she shares why that’s not for her.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Surgery, Mental Health

by Nathan Wheeler

Having A Stoma And Being Scared To Eat Certain Foods

by Nathan Wheeler

Nathan takes a moment to reflect on his relationship with food and how his initial anxiety about a stoma blockage - due to a badly written leaflet - caused him to lose a lot of weight during his first few years with an ileostomy.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Diet, Mental Health

by Jay Hyrons

Stoma Friendly Housemate

by Jay Hyrons

Jay is a passionate advocate for the ostomy community but has recently taken some time to reflect on her attitude towards her own stoma and has been surprised by what she’s found.

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Categories: Living With A Stoma, Mental Health, Relationships