Does Having an Ileostomy Cure Ulcerative Colitis?

does having an ileostomy cure ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis is it cured by having an ileostomy? Is something people often ask in groups or just outright believe because surgeons tell them that they are cured once they have their ostomy surgery. This is something I have heard opinions from both sides and as I live with a permanent ileostomy and have lived with Ulcerative Colitis the majority of my life; I decided I would give you *my* view on the subject. Read more

Blog Tips! Canva Graphics

using canva for graphics - blog tips

Do you sometimes wonder how people that have blogs do their graphics? Or do you love people’s social media images? Some people are granted much more creative or have more patience; I on the other hand have neither of those things but I find Canva can be quite forgiving in that respect with preset templates that you can customise to just how you want it! Read more

Make Your Own Happiness, Positive Perspective – Time to Talk Tuesdays

Make your own happiness - positive perspective - time to talk tuesdays

Don’t you hate people that sit there and say “just be happy” or “you make your own happiness” or the like? Sure you can make your own happiness but it is unfair to link that with depression or low mood. Creating your own happiness or being happy isn’t going to cure it! But can having a positive perspective help with your mood? Read more

Product Review – Peak Medical Ileomate

Product Review Peak Medical

Have you ever heard of Peak Medical? Maybe not but their beginnings are a bit different to the other companies as they were started by a Urologist *EDIT* Peak Medical was founded by a Urology Nurse. I heard about them when I was at a stoma open day and I met Terry the company rep for my area. He was lovely and spent a good chunk of time cuddling Baby Button but who wouldn’t right? Read more

Positive Strategies or Not? -Time to Talk Tuesdays

positive coping strategies or not - time to talk tuesdays

I thought I would share the types of strategies the mental health coordinator has tried to have me do, how they made me feel and what I have tried to do for myself. So far I am supposed to be having like a 1-2-1 talking therapy until the DBT starts in May; however even though my appointments were supposed to be doubled after I came out of hospital due to one reason or another I haven’t seen anyone since the beginning of the month. Read more

Product Review: Sunshine Boxes

sunshine stationery gift boxes

We have all seen the different variants of subscription boxes that are out there nowadays, but this one caught my eye on Instagram. I can’t remember which account sent me that way exactly but I started following the account and looked at the website and really like the idea and look of the Sunshine Stationery gift boxes. Read more

Social Anxiety – Time To Talk Tuesdays

social anxiety - time to talk tuesdays

Social anxiety is something that definitely for me goes hand in hand with being chronically sick, or at least I can’t put it down to anything else as I haven’t known any other way of life since becoming sick at the age of 10. Although I have noticed that after having both my children it became heightened. I would often describe myself as an introverted extrovert and I know that sounds pretty pretentious but I really believe it’s true. Read more

Being an Inpatient and being a Parent

being an inpatient and being a parent

Now my Little Lady doesn’t find it anything new, mummy going to see doctors and even being an inpatient in hospital. Even though she is definitely not a fan of me going in it has some perks for her – I always get her some crap from the hospital shop and she gets to “look after daddy” by staying in my bed. But she was nearly 2 by the time I started being admitted regularly so she had a bit of understanding, whereas Button doesn’t have any; he cries when he hears my voice on the phone and doesn’t understand why he can see me when I video call but I’m not actually there. This is the longest I have ever been away from him or them both together. Read more

Being Admitted and Mental Health – Time to Talk Tuesdays

hospital admissions and mental health

I find that when I am admitted into hospital I am fine mentally for 4 days or so then the paranoia sets in. I feel like staff are against me, the fact I’m mobile and independent makes people think I’m not sick, the fact I can tolerate pain well means when I say I have a pain score of 6 I get looks of really?? However this is something I am aware of and I can admit too whereas some may not want too. Read more