“Crohn’s and Colitis are serious conditions which aren’t taken seriously. They cost the NHS as much as cancer and heart disease per patient, and can be just as devastating, but they lag behind in the recognition and support needed to improve lives. Unacceptably high levels of emergency care and delays to diagnosis, investigations, and surgery, […]Read more
Guest Blogging Series: Gabi Talks About Her Experience Tackling Festivals With a Stoma.
Top tips for festival life with an ostomy My name is Gabi and I’ve had my ileostomy for six years. This year I headed to Glastonbury for the first time and my first big festival with a stoma. In this blog post I’ve put together some of the things I’ve learnt along the way and […]Read more
Hindsight is a Wonderful Thing.
My army of doctors are amazing. I’m looked after by a surgeon and all the minions who follow him; as well as specialist stoma nurses and a gastroenterologist. But hindsight is a wonderful thing, and there have been a few details I feel I wasn’t properly informed on. This isn’t to say my troop […]Read more
I’m always asked if my life has changed since surgery and I immediately think: “No, it hasn’t changed at all…’’ But that’s definitely fake news; I’m missing 5 feet of intestines! Pre-Bag the only memories I have are shrouded in a dark cloud of pain and discomfort; so living with my ostomy is leaps and […]Read more