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NEW BLOG!

3 May

Hi readers,

Just a post to let you all know I recently started a new blog to keep track of my post-surgery experiences more regularly and also start to introduce videos into my posts.

I will still keep this blog open for those who wish to read posts earlier on in my recovery after surgery etc, but all new posts can be found and subscribed to at:

http://www.ostomismnotpessimism.wordpress.com

Many thanks for all the continued support from my followers on this blog & readers & please don’t hesitate to read/subscribe to/follow my new blog! πŸ™‚

Best wishes,

Amy & Stacey Stoma x x

First day of Summer 2013

31 May

That’s tomorrow πŸ™‚

I don’t really know where to start or what to write as it’s been a while, a long while!

Health wise, my Crohn’s is in remission and the latest blood tests show my inflammation markers are normal. My iron levels are slightly low, they are at 8 when they should be 15, but the doctor said this doesn’t quite class me as anaemic. I’ve got some Spatone sachets to try to mix with juice etc as I don’t get on overly well with iron tablets. I seem to remember having those sachets before and not being a big fan, but going to try again as I really want to have the best chance of having good health altogether and good energy levels. Haven’t seen my consultant for sometime with one thing and another and not being in one place, so I’m seeing him towards the end of June hopefully for a review. The doctor on the phone who gave me my blood results explained that because I’ve had an ileostomy formed, and therefore have a shorter bowel than a person without, this is most likely the reason why I always have trouble with my iron levels and find it hard to absorb iron and keep a constant level within my body.

Thank you for all your comments & to my readers who have supported me & always do with this blog no matter how much of a gap I go between posting. It’s been fantastic & really heart-warming to see the amount of people still visiting, reading and benefiting from this.

Best wishes.

Amy & Stacey Stoma πŸ™‚ xx

Here I am now :)

22 Nov

So it’s been a while since I uploaded some photos of me and my ostomy bag, so I thought I’d upload!

My weight has been coming and going really, and as a lot of you will probably know, it is hard to keep a good appetite up when you are under a lot of emotional stress. Despite everything going on, I am still extremely pleased that I have Stacey and I still maintain that it is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.

A stoma doesn’t mean stopping your life,Β in factΒ  it enables you to lead a new, happier and hopefully much healthier life. Yes, it takes a lot of adjusting to, but then again, I think anyone with a bit of bowel brought out through their abdominal wall would be exactly the same. It’s not something you see in everyday life, unless you have one or someone you know has one, even then you may not see it or hear about it that often, it all depends. By no means is a stoma disgusting or something to be ashamed of. Be proud of it, most of us are here because of our stomas! πŸ™‚ & let’s be honest, a stoma excretes waste from your body… it is hardly going to be the prettiest of things, but it is by far not the worst or ugliest of things.

Every stoma and scar has it’s own beauty in it’s own way. Behind each of our scars and stomas are individual stories, inspiring stories and people who possess great courage, beauty and strength πŸ™‚

This is something I could never have done without my stoma. I couldn’t go to University, let alone live in University accommodation. I couldn’t leave the house or even stay in the house without my life revolving around pain, misery, not being able to eat and living on the toilet. But here I am! πŸ™‚

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Best wishes from Amy & Stacey Stoma πŸ™‚ xx