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Opus Healthcare, a division of Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd, has launched Lift Plus 360 and Lift Plus 360 Citrus, the latest non-sting adhesive removers.  Using the latest bag on valve technology, Lift Plus 360 and Lift Plus 360 Citrus are a highly effective range of medical adhesive removers that reduce the pain associated with the removal of stoma pouch adhesives.  The new sprays can be applied from any angle (360°) offering greater efficiency for the user. Continue reading

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Lottie Ryan is the founder of Who’s That Lady where she supports women living with chronic illness to create the life they really want despite it all. She shows women how to improve their well-being through her personal blueprint for self-care, developed over 17 years living with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and its accompanying complications.

She’s a mum of two young sons aged 11 and 9. Over the course of her time as a parent she has undergone a total Proctocolectomy with ileo-anal anastomosis (JPouch surgery),which resulted in living with an ostomy for 6 months, and has more recently had a small bowel resection. She and her family have had to get through many difficult, life threatening times and here she tells her story about her experience living with an ostomy.

I gave birth to my second baby boy on a cold January morning, at home. The midwives were present, my mom delivered him and all was perfect. Except it wasn’t.

During the pregnancy my Ulcerative Colitis had got progressively worse so I was on steroids throughout, which triggered Steroid Induced Gestational Diabetes, for which I was treated with daily insulin injections. It was a trying time, but I was to be rewarded with the greatest gift of all, so I hung in there and moved through my pregnancy one day at a time. Continue reading

My names Danielle I’m 21 and I’m from South Wales, and like the title says I’ve had an Ileostomy for 6 months. I was born with imperforate anus, at 24 hours old I had to have surgery for a pull-through and was given a Colostomy bag till the age of 3. Obviously I don’t remember any of that but my mother chose for me to have the colostomy reversed and I’m so glad she did! Even though the outcome has given me an ileostomy, I honestly wouldn’t change anything!

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As a child I had laxatives on prescription and frequent enemas. These were given to me to help me deal with everyday life. I never made a fuss as I didn’t know any different.

As an adult, my chronic constipation got harder to handle and I ended up having to use anal irrigation, which was not fun at all! At the age of 20 I never felt so down and sick.  I couldn’t believe everything that was happening to me at such a young age. Continue reading

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I qualified as a general nurse in 1999, initially working on a general surgical ward at Hillingdon hospital.  Within 12 months I found an interest in colorectal nursing, taking a sisters post on the colorectal surgical ward within the same trust.

 In 2001 I joined St Mark’s Hospital as a ward sister, completing my BSc (Hons) degree in colorectal nursing focusing on enhanced recovery in colorectal surgery and became a clinical nurse specialist in stoma care at St Mark’s Hospital in 2007.  Within my role as a clinical nurse specialist at St Mark’s I facilitated the enhanced recovery programme for patients undergoing stoma formation with twice daily in-patient teaching and an established outpatient follow-up programme to allow patients with a newly fashioned stoma adapt safely and quickly due to the reduction in hospital length of stay.

 I have set up my own private stoma care practice and the first established stoma care/colorectal and nutrition service within one of London’s largest private hospitals, reviewing just over 600 colorectal patients per year, of which around 300 of these patients undergo stoma formation. Continue reading

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After you’ve had surgery for an ileostomy, be it for Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis or bowel cancer, you will find that you’re constantly feeling very tired, which will be something that most of you will be very familiar with due to previous illness. Many people question whether this is normal. Well, unfortunately after having a general anaesthetic you are bound to feel very fatigued. Your body has just received very powerful drugs along with drugs for the pain relief which can quite often involve morphine, therefore it is going to take a good few months, perhaps even a year for them to completely clear your body. I was especially guilty of doing too much too soon after I was first given my stoma. Continue reading

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I have had the pleasure of knowing my ileostomy for nearly 3 years and unfortunately in that time have had a large number of pancaking experiences, again not the nice kind. A common reason for this pancake, and the reason for mine is thick output (I know, one day I’ll get a sexy disease!) this can be for reasons such as eating too much fibre or dehydration. Continue reading

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Sam Cleasby runs IBD website So Bad Ass, spreading awareness of Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, Ostomies and Jpouches and also body image and self-esteem.  She is a writer and public speaker working all over the UK bringing humour and honesty to her tales of living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 

 She knows the pain and embarrassment that IBD can cause; how it affects quality of life, work and relationships. Her blog is about shouting out about chronic illness and spreading the word.  It is about not feeling alone, it is about stopping poo being taboo and sharing experiences.  It is about being So Bad Ass. Continue reading

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I am an energetic, enthusiastic and ambitious young woman, embracing her life with an ostomy bag and free from the pain of Ulcerative Colitis. For 14 years I suffered from crippling pain, fatigue and constant diarrhoea, battling to get through every day. I lived in fear of surgery and life with a stoma, I thought it would make me feel undesirable and disgusting and, for a long time, thought I would rather die. But last year I ran out of options and had a subtotal ileostomy, leaving me with a temporary ostomy bag. I immediately felt like a new woman. I was suddenly able to do what I wanted when I wanted instead of having my life ruled by my dodgy bowel, which often left me unable to leave the house.

I can’t eat sprouts. They are possibly one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to digest – that’s just one of the little facts I discovered last Christmas as I enjoyed my first festive holiday with an ostomy.

Last year was probably the best Christmas of my adult life. For the first time I can remember I enjoyed turkey and all the trimmings without the constant pain of Ulcerative Colitis. I managed to sit through almost the entire meal (yes all the courses), unwrap all my presents and even join in all the family games with only a few visits to the bathroom.

It was magical. I don’t think I have ever been so happy. Continue reading

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