My journey starts back in 2012.
So here I am Michelle cutter, 37 from mid wales, a mommy to 3 girls and a wife. I want to share my journey with anyone who is facing or going through life with a stoma.
All of a sudden I couldn’t go to the loo, didn’t think much of it, everyone gets a bit constipated right! Some over the counter laxatives, nothing budged, after 2 weeks the local chemist refused to sell me anymore! Finally, I realized I would have to swallow my pride and book an appointment with my GP.
Filled with absolute embarrassment, off I went to explain I couldn’t do a number 2, I died a little more when she announced how she would examine me, that 2 minutes lay on my side was awful, I couldn’t hold back the tears. She agreed I was extremely constipated, she could even tell from pressing on my belly just how far I was back logged.
She prescribed me more laxatives and movicol, surly now that would see me on my way! this continued until 2013 backwards and forwards to the GP, we built up a good relationship, so on a visit when I broke down in her office she suggested referring me to a specialist, as she just didn’t know what else to do to make me go more than once a month.
By this time my life was a mess, I found it hard to get out of bed, I had no energy and felt so tired all the time, I struggled to dress, couldn’t eat much more than a sandwich a day as I was so full! My family suffered, my husband working full time and having to return home to clean the house cook the food and look after our children. My girls suffered as all they saw was mommy in pain and crying. It was hard watching my family falling apart and not being able to make everything better, it broke my heart to be like this.