I read a while ago that it is estimated that 1 in 500 people here in the UK currently have a stoma (although that figure includes reversible stomas).
I got to wondering how many UK celebrities have a stoma, so I set aside an evening and set to work with Google. Several hours later, I had still only found one confirmed UK celebrity. I saw Irish singer, Brian Kennedy, recently shared an Instagram picture of him checking his stoma pouches before going on stage for a show.
Pic: Brian Kennedy/Instagram
It seems that Americans are more forthright with the information than us stuffy Brits, and that pretty much all the information I gathered was based around American celebrities.
I did find plenty of information about UK celebrities associated with stoma care (Carrie Grant for example), but this does not physically name people with a stoma ….
So, as a way of having some interaction with readers of this blog, can you add to the list? Comment below the blog to share the ones you find.
Brian Kennedy - Singer
Al Geiberger – Golfer
Napoleon Bonaparte – Conqueror
Dwight D Eisenhower – USA President
Marvin Bush – Son of George H W Bush
Fred Astaire - Actor
George Alagiah – BBC News presenter
Rod Skelton – American comedian
Rolf Benirschke – American footballer
Jerry Kramer – American footballer
Tip O’Neill – American politician
Ann Sothern – American actress
Bob Hope – American actor
Rik Flair the wrestler had a temporary one
I had read that Jonanne - but was not able to find evidence of it .....
Andy Fletcher I've seen some suggestions online that George Clooney has a colostomy.
Challenge accepted, I will be on google this evening trying to find some more for the list!