For the last few months I have slowly been reading an awesome and inspiring book... 'It Takes Guts" by Evelyne Brink – a story of love, hope and a missing bowel. Before I start I would like to say thank you to my landlord's wife Alexandra for sending me this book and connecting me on this path with Evelyne and Tuffel :)
It never ceases to amaze me how the universe continues to work in mysterious ways. Never in a million years would I have ever taken part in a lingerie photo shoot before my ostomy surgeries. I just did not have the confidence in myself or my body to bare all even before I got ill.
I remember in school a girl in my year won a modelling competition and began to have a career in modelling, As a very geeky, lanky, braces and glasses kind of gal I secretly dreamed in another life (and another body) that I would have loved to have at least one opportunity to take part in a photo shoot and experience being a model for a day. However, I resigned early on that this would never be my path and I quickly forgot about that dream.
It is New Year's Eve and I thought I would reflect on 2017 and what it has brought me...
It is hard to put into words how much happier I have been compared to last year. 2016 was extremely difficult both mentally and physically and involved 7 months of the year as an inpatient in Bournemouth Hospital. Last year I roughly had 6 refashion surgeries (8 in a year and a half) for my prolapsed ileostomy that resulted in complications every time. I had sepsis numerous times as well with one time involving a cardiac arrest which added to my time in the hospital.
Hi, I hope everybody had a lovely Christmas!
I cannot believe that this time last year all this was a pipe dream and my blog wasn't even launched yet! So much has happened this year and I have met such awesome, inspiring people on my journey that I am proud to call my friends. A lot of these posts were inspired by you guys and by my own experiences so thank you for contributing :) I have always said If one person can find some identification and hope in my posts then I have done my job.
Hi everybody, I thought I would post a quick 'Merry Christmas' for everybody today before the mad rush over the weekend!
This time of year is the perfect time to reflect and show some appreciation. Christmas is a time of giving, I want to give my love to everyone and say I am truly grateful for all of my readers, family, and friends that have and continued to support me in my journey. Honestly, I could never have done this without you all.
The NHS was created on the 5th July 1948 out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. In many ways, it has been a victim of its own success. Improvements in treating disease and illnesses have helped to create an ageing population which means more people than ever need its services.
This, therefore, consequently has put the NHS in financial crisis and is under pressure to reduce its spending deficit by £30 billion in 2020 (NHS England 2014)
One of the areas that have been targeted to try and cut back spending are prescriptions.
The Ostomistic Life is a free online magazine to help ostomates under 40 navigate life with an ostomy. Founded and created by Talya Goding who runs a blog Feeling Ostomistic. Talya strongly felt the need for more relatable content for young ostomates and so the quarterly online magazine was born!
Many of you reading this post may have spent a fair amount of time in hospital. It's pretty hard not too when you have a stoma and everything that can come with that!
Since my urostomy surgery in 2015 when I officially became a ‘double bagger’ I have spent a lot of time in the hospital due to complications with my ileostomy prolapse, numerous refashion surgeries, kidney infections and recurrent unknown sepsis. Last year (2016) I clocked up a total of 8 months as an inpatient in Bournemouth Hospital mainly on ward 15 and 16 the colorectal and urology surgical wards. They were fantastic and felt like my second home. This year (2017) I have only been admitted 6 times which is a miracle in itself compared to last year.
Here is a post written by a gentleman with a urostomy for the gentlemen with urostomies about impotency and how you can work around this. Thank you, Trevor Harvey, for your honest and raw account on a subject I would not do it justice
Welcome to my 7th episode of the #UnderstandingUrostomies series all about urostomy and using a Night drainage system.
I have noticed that not everybody with a urostomy will use a night drainage system at night. In this post, I will explain a bit more about the different types of night drainage systems available and cover some hints and tips.
So for the last 5 weeks every Friday I have been doing the #UnderstandingUrostomies series and I have really enjoyed it. It is lovely having the positive feedback and seeing how many people the series is helping.
If you have seen from my Facebook Blog Page I have been in hospital this week due to a stubborn kidney infection and I haven’t had chance to put anything together in detail so I have decided for today’s post to write about my fantastic weekend at the Urostomy Association (UA) event 3 weeks ago on the 9th and 10th September in Staverton Park Hotel Northampton.
With any type of stoma whether it is a Urostomy, Ileostomy or Colostomy...odour is one of the top complaints for an ostomate.
As part of the series #UnderstandingUrostomies, I have decided to focus on ‘Urostomy and Odour’
Wow, this is the 4th segment of the #UnderstandingUrostomy series every Friday and they have seemed to be quite a hit!
So this post is all about Purple Bag Syndrome......
Welcome to my second segment of #UnderstandingUrostomies Series.
Today I am talking about what your ideal pH urinary level should be with a Urostomy, how we can achieve this and why it is important!
Welcome to the FIRST of my series #UnderstandingUrostomies which will be every Friday. This series should help educate ALL ostomates about Urostomies and some very unique issues we may have. Please get in touch with me if there is anything specific you would like me to cover. I am having a few problems with my blog atm and my old post about Urostomies and Urinary Diversions is not showing but when this is sorted please check it out if you do not know what a Urostomy is.