• Camping and hiking with an ostomy

    Since my ostomy surgery in 2011, I’ve only been camping once.  And it was more of “glamping”.  I slept in a tent but there was a bathroom with running water not too far away.  Even with my ostomy bag, I am always aware of where the nearest…

  • Any campers?

    How do you manage your stoma when you are out in the wild?

  • Transverse Colostomy

    Good day so I'm fairly new 9 months with a Transverse Colostomy and I was wondering who else has this type. The transverse colostomy is located approximately 2 inches below my sternum directly in the middle of the chest. I'm having several types of problem…

  • Do you feel comfortable sunbathing with your pouch on show?

  • Airplane travel

    What are your experiences with airplane travel? Does it work comfortably? Any preparation tips?

  • How to start planning for Christmas?

    How to start planning for Christmas? should we still be making our Christmas puddings for a big family Christmas lunch? or will we all have to meet up with our loved ones in the garden? I guess, a family outdoor Christmas with our Australian friends is…

  • Bag use for carrying supplies?

    I recently saw a man carrying his supplies in a leather business clutch, which made me wonder...Thinking
    There must be all kinds of good solutions to carry products, especially for men.

    What kind of bag do you use to carry supplies?

  • Having a stoma does not stop me travelling for a holiday

    Twice a year (May & September), I travel to Dorset for a week’s rest. Living by myself with no-one to account for, I work long hours six days a week, and so this time away is a much-needed chance to recharge my batteries. – May this year was cancelled…

  • Enjoying Summer At Home

    Just wanted to give an update to my post from last week. I've been thinking about some things we can do at home to create summer memories while still trying to social distance or if you're shielding. Here's what I was thinking and I'd love…

  • Staycation

    Hi everyone!

    So it's great that lockdowns are starting to ease and we're slowly returning to the new normal - enjoying getting to see more of my family and friends, socially distanced of course. Our holiday was unfortunately cancelled this year and we…

  • What's in your garden or on your walks?

    With so many people having to stay at home or are limited on how often we can go out, lets share what we see? Here's photos of what I have taken on my daily walks and trips into the garden. Reply to this post to share a picture/photo from outside your…

  • Needing the toilet when you are out and about

    At some point after the birth of your stoma, you will want to venture outdoors – it’s totally natural and expected that you will be anxious about being too far away from a toilet. A public convenience can often have small cubicles, making changing, emptying…

  • Toilets- the good the bad and the ugly

    Having a stoma means toilets play a big part in our lives, especially the condition of said toilets. I have used some really lovely clean ones, but also some dreadful ones that I really didn’t want to use but had no choice.

    I sit further back on…

  • i have a problem with smells when i have to use public toilets please help.

    i always try to avoid public toliets because of smell from my colostomy bag please help.

  • Para stomal hermia

    Hi my son has just found out he has a parastomal hernia. He is due to fly out to Italy to get married in 4 weeks buy is worried the flight may cause problems. Any advice much appreciated.

  • Travelling- my tips for packing supplies

    Travelling can be an intimidating adventure, especially when you have an ostomy.  I absolutely love travelling and having a stoma has never stopped me.  The key is to remember that more is best.  Always bring more supplies than not. 

    I tend to over-pack with…

  • Travelling abroad.

    Hi can anyone help please. I will be going abroad in September, the first time since I have had my stoma. I am very apprehensive about the airport experience. Do I need a letter from my doctor. I am so worried about being embarrassed with a search. Would…

  • My ostomy travel kit

    Having a small travel kit of stoma supplies can be very handy to cover all eventualities we will all encounter when out and about, such as leaks, changes or adjustments.

    I often travel and will always have a travel kit with me – I have one in my desk…

  • Travelling on a plane with my ileostomy

    I generally haven’t had much bother travelling on a plane with my ileostomy. I have travelled to Vegas, New York and Mexico with no problems. I would say however that aeroplane toilets are not designed for us. They are tiny, and the flush is terrible…

  • Ostomies in the Air: Travelling on a plane and airport security

    6 months after my ostomy surgery, I went on a 10-month holiday travelling around South Africa, Europe and Asia. We flew over 55,000 kilometres on 14 different airlines, and as you can imagine went through a lot of airports, security and on many flights…

  • Holiday abroad with a stoma and perineal sinus tract

    I have been away a couple of times with my stoma and each time has been slightly different in the way customs have treated me, nothing too awful but still singled out I suppose.

    The first time, I went through the body scanner and the female customs officer…

  • Travelling on a plane and airport security

    I absolutely love to travel and wish I could do it more often. I have travelled to the Bahamas, throughout the United States, and to Europe with my ostomy. Can you imagine sitting on a plane for more than eight hours with an ostomy? It’s possible! In…

  • What to bring on your travels

    Holidays are a topic that I am not just comfortable with yet, but I am trying to be as organised with myself and also ‘BOB’ as he so important now in my life. He is a big part of it as he literally saved my life, but he doesn’t control me in any shape…

  • Disneyland Paris with my stoma

    I never have been on a holiday before…until lately. My family and I went to Disneyland Paris. Yes!! I am a big kid at heart and somehow think I always will be. You had seen my pre-holiday packing for ‘BOB’. Being that organised meant that I had no bother…

  • First foreign holiday

    Hello! I am planning my first foreign holiday since having surgery 2 years ago. I have an ileostomy, so I am a bit nervous about changing my diet and travelling at all! Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!