• Did anyone finish their January challenge?

    I know lots of people were doing challenges like Veganuary, Dry January or running 100kms for charity over the month. Did anyone here complete a challenge like that?

  • Three things to help beat Blue Monday!

    The third Monday in January has become known as Blue Monday, claimed the most depressing day of the year.

    Don't let it get you down! Here are three things you can do to stay positive this week:

    1) Get/look outside and notice five things that are …

  • Taking the positives from 2020

    What can you do now that you never even considered doing this time last year, because of Covid-19? Did you finally pluck up the courage to speak to your neighbours, maybe you embraced technology or enjoyed local attractions and beauty spots more than…

  • Sharing the positives from 2020

    2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. What's been the one positive outcome for you this year? For me, it is getting to spend more time at home with my family.

  • Awaiting health appointments during lockdown

    Having chronic ill health and being under multi disciplinary teams, is very difficult during the pandemic. Everything seems to be on hold even to the point that it is difficult to get hold of secretaries and Doctors in any instance. I understand that…

  • Positive attitude helped me embrace life as an ostomate

    My name is Dan "Dry Dock" Shockley, retired Navy, served on 7 ships, 3 of which were deployed to the Persian Gulf. I was deployed to the Middle East numerous times in direct support of Operation Desert Storm Southern Watch; Operation Enduring Freedom…

  • Days that are hard to get through

    Here we go again. Winter closing in and the government is reducing our freedom of movement once more. As positive as we try to be about our circumstances - some days it feels like all the courage and strength is used up and life loses colour. I try…

  • Landscaping question

    There's some good advice on this forum so wondered if it stretched to landscaping! My buddies are giving me conflicting advice. I recently installed pressure treated wooden sleepers in my garden as a retaining wall - I want them to last for as long as…

  • The unexpected things about ostomy life

    I was sick for about a week, tested negative for covid thankfully. I lived on my couch and did nothing, so I had all the time in the world to observe my own symptoms and thoughts. I wanted to share a few unexpected things I realised about ostomy life…

  • Body Confidence

    We know that after stoma surgery, there is a lot to deal with, both physically and emotionally, as you learned to adapt to and accept the changes to your body as a result of your surgery. Stoma surgery can therefore have a big effect on body confidence…

  • Meditation for the Mind

    Hi Everyone!

    The last few months in lockdown have come with plenty of ups and downs. I know that for me personally, living on my own has been a big challenge- something that actually didn’t bother me too much before, but seemed so much more difficult…

  • Understanding your feelings as a new ostomate

    I would like to acknowledge that the thought of stoma surgery can be a scary one, lots of questions running through your mind constantly, a lot of negative thoughts come in there too, usually because you have heard somewhere that having a stoma is no…

  • Is there enough mental health support for those facing surgery?

    It's not always easy to have a conversation about your personal feelings but it is usually the first steps towards working out what kind of support might help you.

    An interesting article - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-53106958 prompting the…

  • Andy debunks common myths about living with a stoma

    Your young. You have just been told you need to have a permanent stoma. Your life and your appearance are about to change. What do you do?

    This is a question that has been asked of around 102,000 people in the UK. (that is 1 in 500) Naturally though,…

  • Life with an ostomy pouch can be much more than you think

    This month, (June), I am celebrating living for eight years with a stoma. Before this there were those dark days living with Ulcerative Colitis, not knowing what tomorrow would bring, to a life with a bag that I totally embrace. I raise awareness every…

  • How to come to terms with a stoma? Here is what has helped me:

    Hi.

    There has been some news about ostomies and covid-19 lockdown can be a bit hard too. I wanted to pop in and say something about getting over the first few speed bumps.

    I had a temporary stoma as a kid, but after getting sick again I chose to get it…

  • Aneica shares a message of hope for new ostomates

    Firstly, I would like to acknowledge that everyone is different, the thought of having a stoma can be just too much for you to come to terms with.

    This is just a little note that will hopefully give people courage, strength, hope and faith who may be…

  • The impact of Covid 19 - How are you feeling?

  • 5 Useful Apps for Lockdown

    Hi everyone! Here are my top apps for lock down to help keep me busy. Is there any you're using that I didn't include? Post them below!

    1. Video calls – Zoom, Facebook Messenger, What’s App, FaceTime, Houseparty.

    Stay connected with…

  • The psychology of happiness

     Our resident ask the expert  has shared a video with tips to increase happiness and resilience.  I think we could all do with that right now?! You can watch it here Flow- the psychology of happiness

  • Life After Lockdown

    What would you like life after lockdown to look like? What are you most looking forward to doing or experiencing post lockdown life? What have you missed out on that you’d like to make up for? I took some time to think about these questions and decided…

  • Working from home

    For those of us lucky to be able to work from home, how are you coping?

    I live alone, have no neighbours and normally, I'm fine with this ... however, since lockdown, I seem to be spending more hours working than I ever did in the office!

    To keep…

  • The Science of Gratitude

    Hi everyone,

    We’ve just posted our latest nurse video.  This one looks at the science of gratitude and gives some tips for a positive outlook no matter what your circumstances! Maybe something you can have a go at if you're feeling run down during…

  • Taking Time to Pause

    Sos (pronounced suss) is the Irish for pause. It is a simple 2-minute practice to help you calm and steady yourself. It can be used anytime during the day. The vision of Sos is that a Sos Pause would become part of people’s daily routine, just like…
  • Staying in and going online

    Hello again

    The idea of being stuck in the house for longer periods of time may sound horrible to some, but for people with chronic illnesses it might be a second nature. 

    I was ill for a long time before my colostomy surgery and did not really do much…