Sarah....Research Scientist, wife and busy mum of two tells her story of how she is living with her Colostomy
Pat writes about her experience of parastomal hernia repair. Firstly, a little bit about where it all began.....
At 26 I didn't even know what a colostomy was! I didn't even realise young people had colostomies as I associated them with older people.
Whether you are an old or new colostomate, there will come a time when you wish to travel and perhaps fly for the very first time since receiving your stoma.
In the summer of 2002 just after my 63rd birthday, I started to get gripping pains in my left lower abdomen with fluctuating constipation and diarrhoea and after a few days it would subside.
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:
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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