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Random Acts of Kindness

February 17th has been marked as National Random Acts of Kindness Day celebrated by individuals, groups and organisations nationwide, to encourage acts of kindness. The dedicated website highlights the #RAKTIVIST MOVEMENT asking people to share their own and shout out about them. Here are some of my favourites: Text Someone Good Morning or Good Night - we spend so much time on our devices but how much of it is functional or adding value to our lives? I for one am guilty of mindless scrolling for no particular reason. Make someones day by letting them know you are thinking of them. It doesn’t have to be an essay or a long winded message. Just a few words taking a matter of...

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A Bride-To-Be: Planning your wedding with a stoma

Hello Comfizz readers, As always, I hope this blog post finds you well & if it doesn't, I'm sending you healing hugs & I'm just a chat away over on my Instagram. It is nearly Valentine's Day again so I wanted to do another blog post on stoma life & relationships. If you want to read last year's Valentine's post, you can read it here. I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk to you about my experience with wedding planning with a stoma & the things that may cross your mind such as choosing an outfit, food, emptying your bag & drinking alcohol.  A little intro on my other half & I In 2017, I met my...

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Inclusive Birthday Parties

It's that time again when my baby boy (not so much baby anymore) has his birthday and this year he turns 6! He has come so far, and exceeds all expectations with a big personality to match. With that light at the end of the covid tunnel looking brighter and brighter each day, many children have been having birthday parties where possible. It’s been wonderful to see the children having social interaction outside of an educational setting, where they are free to explore different environments and play for the sake of playing. On the other hand, birthday parties for a child with any need more than the norm can be very challenging. When Jake was 3 he was invited to...

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Get To Know Comfizz Customers - #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay

January 20th is #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay. As a long-standing Comfizz customer myself, I’m sure you have read by now how much I love Comfizz products. In this post, I wanted to talk to other Comfizz customers, get to know a bit about them & what their favourite Comfizz product is & why. Thank you to those of you who reached out to me over on Instagram to get involved in this blog post.

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Returning to Work

For some who have been living with a chronic illness that meant it impossible to continue in a chosen career, it’s simply heart breaking. In 2012 I graduated a Design Technology Teacher, and was excited to start sharing my passion and enthusiasm for teaching and building relationships with students, nurturing the next generation with creativity, and teaching practical skills they could use in the future. Teaching has always been a vocation, not just an occupation. I count myself lucky that I found it as many can go through life not knowing what they want to do.  Having my little boy in 2016 triggered my bowel condition Hirschsprungs Disease to turn into chronic pain and resulted in stoma surgeries during the...

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Appreciation for the NHS

As I write this blog I am home from an unexpected hospital stay with my little boy. He got dehydrated quickly and required IV fluids. Being a patient with open access due to this needs it took one phone call and only a few hours before he had a cannula in and fluids given. Now I understand that it may take a lot longer for some, and we have ourselves waited many hours for such things, but it never fails to amazing me how they can take a poorly child and so quickly make it seem brighter and hopeful that they will be ok. Having a child who has had 10 operations and myself a fair few due to Hirschsprungs...

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Adaptive Festive Outfit Ideas

How wonderful is it that we can look forward to the festive season, the chance to dress up and make memories with our nearest and dearest. Last year we certainly weren’t in the same position, but we are now in a much hopeful and positive position that we can think about what we will get up to, and what we can wear to sparkly in the festive season. When you have an ostomy or a feeding tube to add to the mix, it can be difficult for some to find outfits that they can feel both secure and fabulous in, in equal measure. For me this year I have myself to think about and my 5 year old with both an...

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Does having an ostomy mean you are disabled?

International day of persons with a disability - 3rd December 2021 This day was first introduced by the UN in 1992 to protect the wellbeing of individuals with disabilities and their human rights. This year's theme is 'Not All Disabilities Are Visible’ which teams with the work I have done in the last 2 years with Pelican and Respond Healthcare. Their Be The Change Campaign and Cardiff City Centre’s signage change on toilet facilities, meant not just a wheel chair logo but also people who appear to have nothing wrong being included. Ever since the mid 20th century, those with disabilities have been campaigning for more recognition of disability as an aspect of identity, rather than the defining feature of...

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