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Can Anyone See My Bag? How To Conceal With Confidence

As most ostomates will tell you, a very common fear is “can anyone see my bag” There are times when you aren't concerned about your osotmy bag being visible, but that's not always the case and it's different for each person. So let’s look at this question and offer some simple practical concealment tips.NOTE: You don’t have to sacrifice your unique sense of style (or comfort if that is more important for you), in fact, it's an opportunity to explore creative clothing choices that enhances both comfort and confidence. Let's delve into some practical tips and inspiring examples to help you own your look with ease: Clothing as Your Canvas: Supportive Undergarments: This is where it all begins .  Although...

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Ostomy Superhero’s– A Humorous Tale

Sometimes life with a stoma can get heavy with struggles and become so difficult. That's when perhaps a reframe can help like this light hearted Ostomy Superhero story Calling all Ostomy Super Heros, get your cape ready as you prepare to face one of the biggest potential villains when living with an ostomy… The dreaded Hernia. These pesky hernias wreak havoc in the ostomy world, spreading discomfort wherever they go, causing unsightly bulges, pain and difficulties getting your bags to stick properly. They are the chink in the Ostomy Super Heros armour,

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SKIN HEALTH AND THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR UNDIES

Your undies might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering your skin health around your stoma or surgical wound, but they can have a very critical part to play in keeping your skin healthy. Lets uncover why?   When it comes to our skincare routines, we often focus on the products we apply directly to our skin, the lotions, moisturisers, or scrubs etc but have you ever considered the role of the fabrics you wear in promoting skin health? Fabric wicking, a remarkable feature found in many modern textiles, offers significant benefits to our skin. So let’s delve into the world of fabric wicking and learn exactly why it is essential to your skin health. Understanding...

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SIMPLE EXERCISE FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WITH AN OSTOMY :-)

Ostomy surgery can be life-saving, but it can also affect your physical and emotional well-being. That's why it's important to stay active and healthy after your surgery. Exercise can help you improve your strength, mobility, mood, and confidence. It can also reduce your risk of complications such as hernia, infection, and blood clots. (2)  However, not all exercises are suitable for people with an ostomy. You need to consider your stoma type, location, size, and output, as well as your overall health and fitness level. Here are some simple exercises that you can do at home or outdoors to maintain a healthy lifestyle with an ostomy. Remember to always consult your doctor or ostomy nurse before starting any exercise program....

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TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT STOMA SUPPORT WEAR: WHAT TO CONSIDER

Introduction:  Living with a stoma can be a life-changing experience, and finding the right support wear is crucial for comfort, confidence, and overall well-being. Whether you have a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy, selecting the optimal stoma support wear can significantly enhance your quality of life. In this blog, we will explore the key factors to consider when choosing stoma support wear, along with example case studies that illustrate the benefits it can provide. Understanding Stoma Support Wear: Stoma support wear refers to specialized undergarments and accessories designed to support and protect the stoma, while also providing comfort and discretion. The right support wear can help prevent leakage, reduce the risk of skin irritation, reduce the risk of developing a hernia...

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PREPARING FOR STOMA SURGERY

So you have been told you need stoma surgery….   If you have been told with time to plan it can come with its positives and negatives. Time to plan and be prepared, but also to worry. You will find lots of useful blogs and advice from ostomates and reputable ostomy companies, advice is never hard to find. During your pre op appointment you should be given advice on essentials to bring.    Creature comforts   Nothing makes a hospital bed more comfortable than your own pillow or an extra blanket. Subconsciously you will feel more settled with your own of these. With hospitals being one of the least sleep friendly places to be, it might just help you drift...

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Is there anything I can do to eliminate ostomy odour?

One of the top concerns for pre surgery is the thought of having a stoma bag and it smelling offensive to others. Lets keep it real here, the contents of anyone's bag and what comes out of your typical exit if you didn’t need an ostomy does most certainly not smell of roses!!!! Some press coverage of influential people have seen jokes made referring to bad smells meaning they must have an ostomy. It is narrow minded, offensive, and discriminating towards ostomates. Having a stoma is not a choice easily made, if it even is a choice in the first place when some wake up to find they have one through emergency surgeries, and up until then did not know...

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How many people worldwide have an ostomy?

By ostomy, we are referring to a urostomy, ileostomy or colostomy (or some people can have both a urostomy and ileostomy or urostomy and colostomy). To find out more about these, visit our blog post on "what are the 3 types of ostomy?" To summarise: A colostomy is formed from the large bowel (colon).  An ileostomy is formed from the small bowel (small intestine). A urostomy is formed from a small segment of the small intestine and the bladder is removed. Then surgeon then joins the two ureters to one end of the small intestine.  How many people in the UK have an ostomy? As of April 2022, there was estimated to be around 205,000 people in the UK with an ostomy (BJN). Are...

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