Can You Get a Spray Tan After Stoma Formation?

Is a spray tan possible after stoma formation? Why yes, it is. Now for all of you that are worried about this and panicking as to what people may think I can honestly say you need to put this out of your mind.

To Swim Or Not To Swim With An Ostomy?

Thinking about swimming with an ostomy can lead to certain neurosis for some of us. Will the bag slide off whilst in the pool? Will the baseplate withstand the water? From testing out the bag prior to swimming to making the bag more secure, there are a few ways to combat this pre-swimming anxiety.

Natural Vitamin E Face Mask Recipes

If there’s one vitamin you need for healthy skin, it’s vitamin E. Being one of the most important vitamins for our skin, it can help nourish the skin from within and maintain healthy skin by fighting damaging free radicals. There’s many benefits of vitamin E, such as it being moisturising and protecting, so why not boost your skin and create your own vitamin E face mask?

Summer Holidays The Ostomate Way

It’s the time of year where everyone is booking their summer holidays and starting the count down for when you are on that plane and leaving the tarmac to sunnier climates. Going on holiday with an ostomy shouldn’t be daunting but it does involve a little bit of preparation.

Do We Really Know What We Want from a Stoma Bag?

What do others look for within their stoma appliance? Does the bag need to be fashionable? Does the bag need to be coveted? More and more future and fellow ostomates are doing their research prior to the operation and requesting to have a certain type of bag that they feel suits their lifestyle.

Angelina’s Review: Vitamin E Elements Range

A few days later of religiously using the Vitamin E Elements products I noticed a massive difference in my skin. The itching and the bleeding completely stopped, which I was really taken aback by at how quick and effective they were. It really helped my skin and my self esteem.

Simon’s Story: Diagnosis with Ulcerative Colitis

Simon's Story: Diagnosis with Ulcerative Colitis DISCLAIMER: this blog post contains some graphic images  So, where do I start? I guess the beginning seems like a good place, so here it goes….. My name is Simon and I am 36 years old. I was first diagnosed with...

Pelican Healthcare CEO Takes Up Key National Role

Paul Eakin, UK CEO of Cardiff based Pelican and Respond Healthcare has been appointed to a key position within the UK’s oldest and largest Health Association, the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA); an important move at a time of great change and uncertainty within the NHS and therefore for Association members.

Dressing For The Summer Months to Accommodate Your Bag

I have spent the last two years catering for Bertha my stoma and trying to stay cool. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bertha, but she seriously impacts my fashion choices. However, I’ve found ways to accommodate my bag and manage the heat in the summer months.

To Wear Or Not to Wear A Bikini

The summer holiday season and hot weather is fast approaching and finding the right bikini or swimming costume is a task that I don’t undertake lightly. I have to consider my stoma bag, size of stoma and placement which makes ordering online a pain so I have to go out and try on the items prior to purchase

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin E

You may have seen vitamin E on the ingredients list of your favourite beauty products – masks, oils, moisturisers and everything in between. But what exactly is vitamin E and why do we need it?

The Anniversary of Dan’s Surgery: An Update

The Anniversary of Dan's Surgery: An Update It’s pretty hard to believe that 12 months ago this week I went through the biggest surgery that I’ve ever had. Life with a Stoma has definitely been for the better. Each day is 100% better than what it was like with my UC....

Having an MRI with an ileostomy

Back in March, I had to go for yet another MRI scan. For me, having a scan wasn’t an overly big issue. It was a necessary to evil to make sure that my post-operative recovery was going well and I needed to find out what was ticking away inside, due to some post-op concerns regarding my lady anatomy changes and drainage issues.

Healthy eating

Summer is fast approaching – is healthy eating possible with a stoma?

My recovery update

Recovery from Barbie Butt surgery hasn’t been easy and I have been tormenting myself over the last six months by wondering if putting myself through that surgery was the right decision.

Glamping with an ostomy

Glamping with an ostomy is a first for me. When I booked this and revealed all to my best friend, her response was to roll around laughing, as I am not known for my at one with nature attitude. I am a girl that likes her toilet facilities nearby and creature comforts of heating and not having to cook.

World IBD Day

World IBD Day takes place on 19th May and is about raising awareness for those who have to live with this chronic illness. Did you know that there are currently 300,00 people with this condition in the UK and around 1.6 Million in the United States?

Dan’s story

My surgery experience is probably one of the more positive ones out there. After suffering with severe ulcerative colitis for three years and going through every drug the hospital had to offer, I elected to have surgery.

Fruits and veggies with a stoma

Have you ever wondered about what fruit or vegetable is stoma-proof? Do you sit there and wonder, ‘If I eat this, then will my stoma have a purge-party later?’

International Nurses Day

Sunday the 12th of May marks International Nurses Day. This day was founded In January of 1974 and marks the birth date of Florence Nightingale, who was the founder of modern nursing. Each year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) prepares and distributes the International Nurses Day kit.

An open letter to my surgeon

An open letter to my surgeon. I see my surgeon tomorrow and for the first time in 10 years I’m actually going to be discharged from a medical consultant. *Happy dance.*

Lefty or righty?

If I haven’t already peaked your interest, then I will have to explain what the above title is about. For everyone with a stoma, you may not even think about its location on the body. It is something that has been bugging me for a while, as my stoma is sited on the left and most people that I follow have a right-sided stoma.

Periods after stoma surgery

The conclusion for us is that having both a stoma and IBD can make period week a living hell. There is currently no medical proof that having this illness and having a stoma makes your periods worse, but I believe it is something that should be researched.

Is travelling by ferry less traumatic with an ostomy?

Is travelling by ferry less traumatic with an ostomy? The majority of the time when I go abroad, I typically go in a tin can on wings. I always find that the panic of packing stoma supplies and getting them through security, plus the added anxiety of going through a body scanner and the amount of time it takes waiting to the board the plane, can take its toll. Travelling isn’t always enjoyable and I find it’s a bit of a tedious experience.

Parenting with a stoma

Having been chronically ill for the last nearly 20 years, amassing a huge amount of surgery and endless hospital appointments is completely normal and part of my everyday life.However, when one has a child, it puts a completely different angle on this and I am forever suffering with a guilt complex, in the fact I put my little girl through part of what I have to experience as an ostomate with frequent hospital admissions

Louise’s story

My post-op recovery following my panproctocolectomy (Barbie-butt surgery)

Half term madness

Half term madness - going out over half term with a stoma Half term has ensued and this is making the parents cranky. 'Oh my god how will I keep the little ones entertained?' While the teachers are reaching for the wine and taking a well-earned rest. Having worked...

Going to the gym with a stoma

Going to the gym with a stoma So stoma surgery is daunting. Once you have recovered, when is it right for you to return to exercise? Some of the questions running through your head may be, 'can I exercise? What exercise is safe? Can I return to the gym?' My advice...

Vitamin E skincare

Is Vitamin E the new fashion accessory for skincare? After seeing the improvements to my stoma site and skin using the Vitamin E pouches, the question in my head was 'is Vitamin E used in other products for skincare?' After raiding my bathroom cabinet and checking my...

Ostomy odour

Ostomy odour – what causes it, foods that control it and products that help.

Louise’s pre-op assessment

The pre–operative assessment is an opportunity to identify any current illness or family history that may lead to patient complications during the anaesthetic, surgical, or post-operative period.

Preparing for surgery

Preparing for Stoma Surgery - the emotional side I am starting the countdown for my upcoming surgery and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t having a slight panic about the upcoming date. This post is for those who are classed as having an elective procedure and...

Ostomy Fashion – is the cost justified?

Ostomy fashion is becoming more and more relevant as time goes on. Both ladies and gentlemen are hunting for the perfect pair of jeans, or something to hold and support their ostomy. This can be difficult to find on the high street, unless you’re a lady and don’t mind wearing maternity clothing to help support and disguise the ostomy. Men unfortunately don’t have this option, so they may struggle to find the right clothing to be comfortable with their ostomy.

My emergency stoma kit

In the early days of stoma formation, carrying an emergency kit with you is an essential part of stoma life, until you feel safe and secure in the knowledge that your stoma is going to behave.

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