When you are younger, you dream that you will go on holidays, buy a house, get your dream job, and meet someone special. I am living with a stoma 5 years now, almost a fifth of my life. When I had my surgery, I had bad days mentally and physically because all those future prospects I had envisioned where slowly slipping out of reach.
People said to me, “God love you!! You are the wee girl that’s sick, you wear one of those bags.” This made me think; I may have an illness and wear a bag but I don’t want to be labelled as the girl that’s sick, I want to be known for WHO I AM and not because of what I have.
Anyways all those things that I’ve dreamt about when I was at school, I’ve accomplished most of them to date. I’m pursuing my dream job nursing at university at the moment. This is only possible with a positive attitude that quitters never win and winners never quit.
My life right now is the busiest it’s ever been. But as I’ve said it wasn’t always like this. I’ve had a few hurdles to jump- some I thought where to high but with a positive attitude you get through it. I’ve had to ask for help from family, my fiancé and medical teams to get me over difficult times I’ve had recently but I’ve done it
This blog is for all new, future and those like me who have a stoma for quite some time, that you can still achieve anything that you want to with a stoma. It makes it an extra bit special that you’ve hit a huge milestone with your friend by your side. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, nothing to be embarrassed about. You would be on the other side of the phone for someone in your position.
Enjoy life, take each day as it comes until you feel well enough to smash all your goals ️
Happy New Year
Hi all. It is looking like I am going to have a colonoscopy. I have them before but not since I have had my stoma. Can anyone tell me how you go on with the bowel prep. Also is it done through the stoma. Thanks
Hi Sallyann, follow instructions for bowel prep as per your appointment letter. You will most likely be taking bowel prep as normal. Your stoma will be very active so its important to wear drainable bags and be close to a toilet to drain it more frequently. Bring spare supplies with you to the appointment also. The colonoscopy may be done through your stoma or back passage depending on what part of the bowel they want to scope. Kate