This month, I’ve written a poem on the theme of change, for SecuriCare's poetry competition. This is to help raise stoma awareness whilst celebrating National Poetry Day 2018!
Life isn’t a given but change is
Both are full of twists and turns
It is how you look at them whether they are good or bad
Health is often nothing more than a fad
An invisible crown the privileged wear
Change can heal, make you grow and become stronger
To make my life longer
I took lotions, potions and pills
Injections and infusions
That left me in a constant state of confusion
Such a young age that I got sick
What did I do in a past life in order to be picked
Too young to know anything different
Such a long time with suffering
Admissions, time off work and relationships lost
But at what cost?
Surgeries were the last port of call
Determined to get there even if i had to crawl
One, two hopefully no more
This bowel of mine was not to be trusted
Getting through the day was such a chore
I needed a way out
Out of this life I merely existed within
The pain filled my body and even the air with such a din
When I woke there was silence
No pain and everything in life to gain
Change had never tasted so sweet
The world unfolding at my feet
Nothing is always plain sailing
My ostomy has been far from that!
From sore skin and blockages
To bag trials and leakages
Returning to work and being a better mummy
Let alone travelling and pregnancy
Has filled me full of hope and ecstasy
No longer do I merely exist
Pain rarely tells me to cease and desist
“When I woke there was silence, No pain and everything in life to gain, Change had never tasted so sweet...” -@colitistoostomy
22 August 2018 by Stephie Simpson
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I’m Stephie - a mum, wife and punk rock ostomate, blessed to be from North Yorkshire. I'll be writing about different campaigns that can help ostomates & general lifestyle posts.
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