When In Wales… Pelican Healthcare Trip

Through having my ileostomy I have been incredibly lucky to have some amazing opportunities opened up for me! We as part of the show had been invited down to Cardiff to meet the Pelican Healthcare team and have a look round the factory. One of my (many) brother in laws said “Surely there would be an episode of ‘How It Was Made’ done so you wouldn’t need to go.”  Which deflated me slightly but do you know what? It was one of the most fascinating and interesting things I have ever done! Read more

Human Is Beautiful…Perfect Is Boring

Jasmine Stacey Halloween Photo Shoot

Like most young girls I dreamed of being a model when I grew up, but becoming chronically ill and being definitely awkward looking (not to mention steroid moon face) I soon realised that I wasn’t what society deemed as beautiful. Not that I was ugly really not in reality. Since meeting Jasmine back in 2016 I have wanted to model for her company but I was never going to be at the forefront of her mind when her brand exudes glamour and silver screen elegance – as I am a very proud punk rock princess! I however got to experience modelling for her recently and it didn’t matter about my tattoos as I got to be all decked out for Halloween! Read more

Recover, Adapt, Overcome

conference and ball

I have a heck of a lot of respect and love for the Purple Wings Charity. I genuinely don’t believe I would be in the position I am now if it wasn’t for a message about the ball I saw in a group. The conference is where I was able to make contacts who became friends such as Jasmine and Nozar, let alone Lauren and meeting a ton of friendly and amazing ostomates which you can read about the conference and the ball in those links. Read more

Coloplast SenSura Mio Two Piece

coloplast click and flex

As you may remember I ordered two different Coloplast SenSura Mio two piece appliances when we started the bag roulette trial and review. Well there must have been some mix up because I had to get in touch with them on Thursday 6th to see what was what. They were very helpful and I was asked some questions on why I wanted a two piece etc. Then they were to arrive the Monday after. *naked stoma in post* Read more

Ostomy Bag Roulette – Salts Healthcare

salts

This week we are trialling Natalie’s bag which comes from Salts Healthcare. Now Natalie doesn’t use a convex bag and as my stoma is retracted I couldn’t risk wearing a flat bag so I literally went online and found the convex equivalent to her bag! I had to ring up Salts to get samples sent out but they were very helpful and friendly which is always a bonus! *naked stoma* in this post! Read more

Appliance/Delivery Companies

delivery

So the world of ordering samples isn’t as clean cut as this company does this and you order by this, this or this. So many of the bag companies are owned or affiliated with a delivery company who is under an umbrella of another! Yes utterly confusing right! I’m hoping that by the end of this post we will have an idea of what is what, or who is who! Read more

Ostomy Bag Roulette – Pelican Healthcare

So this month we are doing everything stoma and bag roulette. No not handbag roulette much to my dismay I love a good handbag! Last week I talked about ordering the Coloplast SenSura Mio two piece (convex) this week we are trialling Louise’s ostomy bags which are the Pelican Platinum make. *naked stoma in post* Read more

Tomato Pasta – Meatless Monday

tomato pasta

So I have made my own tomato sauce for pasta for a few years now as I used it to try and help facilitate me losing weight after Ra-Ra was born. I decided to try a recipe from the Co-Op magazine and 00Steve reviewed it against my own recipe, I will note down at the end of the post what I do for my own recipe. 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

Courgette Chips – Meatless Monday

courgette chips

With day 21 of the ostoMYlove challenge it was cook don’t chuck and it kicked me into gear to make courgette chips which I decided to think ahead a wee bit and use it for a post in my Meatless Monday series. These posts maybe sporadic but as long as I remember to take photos of my food then it should end up more frequent *insert see no evil monkey emoji lol* Read more