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.
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.
In the summer of 2002, I started to get gripping pains in my left lower abdomen with fluctuating constipation and diarrhoea and after a few days it would subside.
"I never hid the fact that I had a stoma: talking about it and telling people is what got me through"
"Partners are often forgotten...we are here as the rock for our loved ones to stand on."
Sarah....Research Scientist, wife and busy mum of two tells her story of how she is living with her Colostomy
"It's a long recovery process but humour definitely helped me get through the tough times"
"I felt that life as we knew it had come to an end...how wrong could I be?"
On the outside Aled Griffiths looks like any 11 year old boy, cheeky, full of confidence and with a lovely happy smile.