Davina's Story

"I never hid the fact that I had a stoma: talking about it and telling people is what got me through"

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Ken's Story

"Partners are often forgotten...we are here as the rock for our loved ones to stand on."

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Sarah....A well irrigated stoma!

Sarah....Research Scientist, wife and busy mum of two tells her story of how she is living with her Colostomy

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Molly's story

"It's a long recovery process but humour definitely helped me get through the tough times"

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Chris' Story

"I felt that life as we knew it had come to an end...how wrong could I be?"

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Colostomy Association




The Colostomy Association is a UK registered charity representing the interests of people with a colostomy. Colostomy is not a subject that is openly discussed - hence there is a general lack of public knowledge on what it's like to have a stoma. We offer support, reassurance and practical information to anyone who may be about to have, or already has a colostomy. The Association provides assistance to those who are new to living with a colostomy as well as those who have been colostomates for many years. Appropriate support and advice is offered to families and carers both before and after surgery.

We work with our staff, volunteers and health professionals, and aim to provide:

  • Support and advice for colostomates, their families and their carers
  • Email and 24hr telephone helpline
  • Comprehensive advisory literature and quarterly magazine
  • Visits for those who need it

We really can make a difference - our findings show there are an estimated 120,000 ostomates living in the UK of which 65,000 are colostomates, 45,000 are ileostomates and 10,000 are urostomates.  Approximately 21,000 temporary and permanent stoma operations are performed each year of which 6,500 are permanent colostomies - we need to be here for them.

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