A tribute to a wonderful girl.

27 Jul

Alison was such an inspiration to me. The first time I saw a picture of her I noticed her glowing smile that could light up a whole room, and just how much of a beautiful girl she was. The fact that she had a bag didn’t even occur to me until I studied the picture more, and when I saw her bag, I just thought “Wow, she is beautiful, she is proof that we can be proud of our ostomies!”. 

I then read more into her story, and wow, what an inspirational girl. She had been through so much, yet was still smiling and putting her effort into helping other people. Alison helped to give me strength and reassurance that things were going to be okay when I was really ill and just after my surgery. Jess, & Alison, from Uncover Ostomy have made so much difference to my life, it’s amazing. 

Alison was a fighter, determined to make out of life what she could with such a horrible disease. To have an ostomy bag is something to be proud of, she helped me to realise. Unfortunately, as much as she embraced having an ostomy bag, it didn’t work for her, and she had her ostomy reversed. What hell she had to go through brings tears to my eyes, it really does. We all go through such hell with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, admittedly in different extremities, but Alison had to suffer with IBD in such a horrible way, to an extent than more of us have suffered. She had countless operations, and had to undergo yet another operation recently.

Tragically, things didn’t work out for her and she ended up in hospital on a life support machine, just enough so her family & friends could say goodbye to her. I can’t believe I am writing this…It is so so sad and there is a place in my heart that feels numb, I will miss her. I look at her photos and the things she did and it inspires me so much to carry on raising Ostomy Awareness for her and to be proud. She will always have a place in my heart. I wish I’d told her just how much she has helped me and still does.

For Alison to be forced to leave in such a cruel way is just so unfair I cannot put it into words, let along at such a young age. Her memory will definitely live on & she will carry on inspiring people for many generations to come.

Rest in Peace, Alison. ♥

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7 Responses to “A tribute to a wonderful girl.”

  1. julia christine stephen July 28, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    I am so sorry for your…and the worlds’…loss

  2. Jimmy Conway July 28, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    She was a wonderful young lady who inspired so many.You will be greatly missed.Much love.~jimmy~

  3. sdempster July 28, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    The people you love are never really gone as long as your heart remembers them.

  4. Jaclyn Atkins January 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Hey I have no other way of contacting you but here is Alison’s page about awareness and philanthropy.

    http://www.facebook.com/alisonsarmy

  5. Gary Atkins April 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Thank you for the lovely tribute to our daughter Alison. This year she is the honorary Chair for the Gusty Walk (http://www.gutsywalk.ca/EN/find/ontario_central_north.html) we hope to raise a lot of money to fight this terrible disease.

    Gary, Lyn & Jaclyn Atkins

    • staceystoma May 31, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      You’re welcome.
      Wow that’s amazing 🙂

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