New Adventures And Avoiding Parastomal Hernias

Michelle December Blog

We’re all hoping that 2021 will be better than 2020… however, I think we have been blessed in that 2020 gave us the chance to re-assess what’s important to us and what means the most to us. A once in a lifetime chance to hit the “reset” button – that’s what it gave me anyway.

I go into 2021 as a single parent (the split happened pre-lockdown) but thankfully it was a very amicable split, and Matty has moved really close by so we can continue to co-parent Callum. It seems to be working really well for us all. We are still able to help each other out, like when Matty dislocated his arm and I then had the flu… and it works so that Callum is always happy.

Callum and I are looking forward to whatever adventures 2021 brings us.

I think this might be the last summer he wants to hang out with me, so I plan on making as many memories as possible. However, I also hope to continue with our new hobby that has only been possible thanks to the overall slowing down of the pace in which we live our lives.

We now play at least one game of chess a day. He learnt to play at school in year seven and I then watched The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix and was reminded of my dad teaching me to play when I was Callum’s age. My dad worked long hours so any chance to spend time with him was a gift and I loved playing chess with him. So, I bought a chess board and now Callum and I enjoy Chess time together (added bonus = no screens).

It would be amazing to travel again in 2021 but I managed to suck it up in 2020 and we’ll just have to see how the vaccines work out.

I’ll be happy to find more quirky places in the UK, maybe somewhere near a nature reserve with nothing else around… as long as there’s 4G!

I’m hoping with everything crossed, to avoid any more hernias or hernia surgery at the very least. I’ll keep wearing my hernia support pants AKA my Super Pants. And I’m looking forward to taking my yoga practice back outside to the garden. If we get the same weather that we had in spring 2020 that would be amazing, I’ve never been so tanned! That said, I hope to be working and not locked down this time around.

And throughout 2021 I hope to:

  • Be kind
  • Be the change
  • Be true to myself
  • Be the best version of myself
  • Be mindful of others and the environment

by Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

About the author

My name is Michelle; I live in Kent with my husband and son. I have a permanent ileostomy as a result of Ulcerative Colitis. You can follow me on twitter.

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