MY STORY

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My name is Clare  I live in Nottingham and I have a permanent ileostomy due to ulcerative colitis. I had my first surgery to remove the colon in April 2016, this was open surgery leaving me a scar from just above my belly button down to my pubic bone. The scar opened up at the bottom so I had to have it packed and it took about 6 months to fully heal.

I was in hospital for 10 weeks with many complications including rectal stump blow out, which lead to pelvic sepsis.

After my recovery from the initial surgery I was well enough to have a proctectomy ( removal of rectum and anus). This was done via the rectum as it was only a few inches long.

This site has lots of information, but also my own ramblings, often with graphic images of wounds and stomas.

I have joined the Notts and Derby ileostomy and internal pouch association, and am their ‘ Young’ IA rep. I also write for TGEakin for their website ‘ A bigger life’ ( the link is at the top of the page).

I am happy to be involved with any media projects that help to spread the word, and welcome guest bloggers to my site. I would love to hear from anyone who has a story of their own and are happy for me to publish it here.

My aim is to raise awareness of all things stoma and IBD ( inflammatory bowel disease) and to show the world that life doesn’t have to end after a traumatic event, it just changes.

All links to social media are on the blog pages 🙂

To read my posts please click the blog tab at the top of the page

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