Fertility From A Male Ostomates Point Of View

fertility from a male ostomates perspective

I have been chatting to Brian on Instagram for a while now and have always been interested in what it has been like for him as a man that was wanting a family, plus he is in the states I wondered if it was overly different there than here with care and the like. After I posted about fertility as a woman with a stoma I reached out to Brian and as I am lucky enough to call this man a friend. We have talked a lot about being parents and I have been privvy to information that was just limited to private message about our families. So please read on and find out about what it is like from a male ostomate wanting a family and needing a stoma’s perspective. Read more

Ostomy Bag Roulette – Ordering Stoma Bags

ordering stoma bag online

So as Louise mentioned in the link we are doing a sort of trial and review on the stoma bags we use and send them to each other to see how we each get on with them, which we will cover on The IBD and Ostomy Support Show. Now *disclaimer* we each have had our stoma’s long enough to know what is normal for our peristomal skin and what isn’t. We are going to be honest with our reviews of each bag and maybe even find one that works better than our current bag. As Rachel’s ileostomy Bob has prolapsed we have decided it is safer for her not to take part and she will trial urostomy products instead. So cue what to us is essentially ostomy bag roulette! Read more

#ostoMylove Week Four Micro Action List

week four micro action list

As we now come to the end of our June micro action self love challenge we will add on the extra couple of days to finish the month. We all really hope that you have been enjoying the challenge and have benefited from having a little bit of you time.  It is really important that you do take time for yourself as it really does help keep to your mental health….well healthy! Read more

#ostoMYlove June Week Three Micro Actions Challenge

june week three action list

We are now into week three of our June micro action challenge; so in our camp since the start we have had babies born (my baby Button is now a baby Jacob) sickness with Louise, a hospital admission from Rachel and Natalie is holding the fort with The IBD and Ostomy Support Show Facebook page! But we are all trying to make sure we get our actions done when we can; but such as life things can be a bit of a challenge. Read more

#ostoMYlove Micro Actions Week Two

week two action list

Hello and welcome to week two of our #ostoMYlove micro action group challenge! I hope you enjoyed taking part in week one of our self love June. I know we had a couple of Aussie ostomy bloggers join in Laura and Erin which is fantastic! I know myself and the rest of the Show Girls have loved seeing your posts, if you would like to know what last weeks actions were please click here. Read more

#ostoMYlove Week One Micro Actions

week one actions list

So between the four currently active ladies over at The IBD and Ostomy Support Show have picked the micro actions for June 1st till June 7th. Then on the 7th we will post the second weeks micro actions and then so forth. So here is a quick recap you do the action for the day specified and if you can snap a quick pic and post it to any of the social medias you may use or even just the support shows Facebook page using the hashtag #ostoMYlove feel free to tag us all in the photos too if you wish as we would love to see what you all chose to do. Remember there is no right or wrong choice of photo! We will be adding our own photos to social media to inspire those that are a bit stuck. Read more

Watering Your Own Grass…Self Love

watering your own grass self love

So I was inspired to do this post because of my fellow loose lady of ostomy and IBD, friend and someone who does too much Rachel of Rocking2Stomas. She basically DOES TOO MUCH sometimes and needs to take at least 5 minutes of her day to focus on herself and show herself some love. Read more

What Is It Like To Live With Someone Who Is Chronically Sick?

what is it like to live with a chronically sick person

I have literally been wanting to do this post for aaaages! But I have really had to lean on 00Steve to do this because although he is incredibly supportive of everything I do to raise Ostomy Awareness, he would rather do it in the background where he can just listen to me whinge! But I thought it might be beneficial to hear what it is like to live with someone who is chronically sick. Read more

You Gotta Have Faith Faith Faith…

you gotta have faith faith faith

…In your medical teams. Right now I’m having a repeat of when I was pregnant with Ra-Ra but this time they don’t seem to be wanting to help me. The first time around my obstetrics/midwifery team was fairly small as it was a relatively small hospital, since then departments have been closed down and everything has pretty much been shifted to the hospital up the road who is part of the local trust. Now most people in my local area or at least my hometown don’t have much faith in the bigger hospital and I’ve been witness to this both with colorectal and now obstetrics. Read more