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The Ostomate

published on November 12th 2022

Can have hair removal if you have a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy?

Yes you can…

Now on the treatment menu because …..

A stoma is something I ended up with Feb this year, basically, it saved my life, that was the 2nd time! The 1st time was in Nov 2021, covid nearly got me but I pulled through (yes I was jabbed) then later, in early Feb 22, I suffered a diverticular perforation, which left me in agony, emergency surgery, and with a temporary stoma.

I have been fit all my life then bang, twice in 6 months, I am in the Southampton General Hospital.

In HDU Nov 21 – Covid nearly got m

You never know what is going to happen to you, no matter how fit you are, with Covid you just don’t know what the fallout will be.

A stoma can be temporary or even permanent, depending on many factors of course. Many people end up with one for reasons such as… bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis), even diverticulitis, like me, or maybe an obstruction to the bowel or bladder.

I understand any embarrassment…

So please do not be embarrassed to come in, I know how you may feel, please do not hesitate to complete the contact form, if you have wanted hair removal but have been way too ashamed to come in.

ICU Feb 22 after major surgery

There is no shame in a stoma, it is not talked about, but there is still very much of a stigma about this issue.

It is estimated that over 13,500 people in the UK undergo stoma surgery every year, but despite this, it’s not something that is talked about much in general conversation – and many of us aren’t even sure what a stoma is. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/crohns-stoma-bags-colostomy-ileostomy-stigma-women-stigma-uk-a8475936.html

Adele Roberts has inspired me to shout about stomas. As she says in this article, “I owed the NHS my life” yes Adele I hear you. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59444191

One response to “The Ostomate”

  1. Helinka Carr says:

    This is a brilliant blog, you will inspire many with your honesty.
    Adele has been a great advocate towards getting the message out there about life with a stoma or ostomy. More so being young with a bowel cancer.

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