Keeping it real – a friendly chat about living with a stoma. There are around 120,000 people living with a stoma in the UK. Every month, we’ll be talking to some of them, along with their friends, carers or nurses, about everything from having a night out to going on holiday.
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. We’d like to share the experiences of Andrea, an ostomate in remission from Bowel Cancer, Richard, who works for Colostomy UK and Nicky, a nurse in the Birmingham area who has been in Bowel Nursing for around 20 years, and Stoma Care for over 10.
A new lease of life
In this episode, the topic of conversation is returning to work with a stoma. Paige, Chrissie and Elizabeth share their experiences of going back to work after such life-changing surgery.
Love me, Love my stoma
In this episode, the topic of discussion is dating and relationships with a Stoma. Lisa, Jack and Emily have had different experiences with relationships with a stoma.
Emily was already in a relationship before she had surgery, but for Lisa and Jack, they had to go through the ‘dating with a stoma’ experience.
They both agree that when dating, the best thing to do is to be honest and not to put too much pressure on yourself.
One step at a time
In this episode, the topic of discussion is exercising with a Stoma. Ollie, Rebecca and James have all had major surgery and now have a stoma. They talk about what keeping fit means to them and the importance of starting afresh with exercise after such life changing operation.
It’s a Team Effort
Ian and Kate have had support from their Stoma Nurse Mireille for 11 years and her support has been so important. Right from Ian’s first diagnosis to ongoing care throughout his time in hospital to life back at home. They are very grateful for the psychological support as well as the physical care she has given them both throughout Ian’s journey.
It’s okay not to be okay
10th October was Mental Health Awareness Day and to coincide with this, we recorded the next edition of our podcast focussing on the mental wellbeing aspect of having a stoma.
In this episode, Lorna and Sarah openly discuss their journeys through suffering and diagnosis of IBD, having a stoma and then life with a stoma and the impact this can have psychologically.
Reassuring for a new ostomate
I came across this podcast by chance after my stoma formation in December 2019 and I’m so pleased I did! Each episode has been so helpful and informative during my recovery and I don’t think I would have done so well without it. The best part has been hearing others in the same situation being honest and open about living with a stoma. We have a lot of guidance on our physical recovery but not much to help with our mental health; this podcast helped me welcome my new normal which seemed impossible at first. I look forward to the new episodes each month so thank you Salts Healthcare, please keep them coming!
Me and Gurt
Obviously the best podcast I’ve ever heard! Because that’s me talking about life with Gurtrude the stoma. I’m so proud of Salts healthcare for all of the thought and hard work they’ve put into there products. World class!