Something’s happening…!

Something’s happening and I haven’t been able to explain it fully but I’m going to try here.. Life’s hard, a cliche that’s true and for various reasons along the way I’ve found it challenging. There was even a time when I was wishing it away, wanting to hurry up and get it over with. How…

The Turning Point

I’ve written before how life stopped on Christmas Day 2015. It was in an instant or so it felt. When I look back for the ‘moment’, that’s it. It doesn’t matter about the months prior when I was so obviously, yet not obviously, coming out of remission. Christmas Day it was there in all its…

Who am I? – A life rebooted

Who am I? A question I’ve been grappling with for the last few weeks and it’s really been getting into my head. Life as it was came to a standstill just before Christmas 2015 with a severe flare of pan colitis. In October 2016 I had a sub-total colectomy and ileostomy. Who we are or…

Black Dog – Down

I spend a lot of time alone and for the large part I’m pretty good at it. I like my own space, perhaps a little too much. But sometimes that alone time can creep into lonely without me even realising. Social interaction is vital for us all I guess. For me it certainly is and…

Why surgery?

People arrive at having an ostomy in such a variety of ways, each having their own unique story. Recently I’ve been fortunate to spend time in the company of a group of people all of whom have an ostomy and we are all so different, yet also have this one thing in common. There is nothing…

Surgery. How it went down

I had surgery (sub-total colectomy and ileostomy) fairly recently (5 months ago). I appreciate everyone has a different experience, this is mine. My operation was planned and I knew the date 3 weeks before so had some time to get my head around it. I’m not sure if that was truly beneficial as I don’t think there’s…

Hoo-ha, the beginning

I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the form of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) in 2001 and over the course of 12 years was immune suppressed with long periods in remission. The most notable relapse followed a serious infection, which almost cost me my life. The treatment for the infection was sudden and harsh and my…