I’ve made mention of my Colostomy (fondly named Rudolph) throughout my blog, but I realised that I’ve never really told the full story of why I have a stoma. Since 2014 my life has been overtaken by the story of my broken femur and subsequent genetic bone disease diagnosis. In many regards my stoma has … Continue reading My Stoma Story
In 2020, I launched a new venture….my Podcast Medical Musings With Sam. Firstly I want to thank you all so much for your support. This has been one of the most rewarding, emotionally challenging adventures, I’ve ever tackled. Why? I think because it’s caused me to really go down memory lane in a way I wasn’t … Continue reading Listen To Your Own Story
Many of us who have had multiple abdominal surgeries can find we later have issues with adhesions. I was reminded of this the other day when I was talking to someone about my story. I was further reminded yesterday of my abdominal adhesions, when I spent 8 hours in crippling pain, due to a bowel/stoma … Continue reading A Sticky Story!!
I can’t believe the 11th November 2020, marks 7 years since my life changing colostomy surgery. My stoma, affectionately called Rudolph, is now 7 years old! For those of you without a stoma it may seem a strange thing to celebrate. While it was life changing, it was also life saving and I will be … Continue reading Happy 7th Birthday To My Stoma….Otherwise Known As Rudolph
Today I visited my stoma nurse. I had my colostomy surgery 14 months ago and have really been blessed with a smooth ride in terms of adjusting to having a stoma. Today’s visit was the first time I’ve seen a stoma nurse since my surgery and it was really just a nice chat about how I … Continue reading Stoma Nurse Visit
In 2010 I was in my mid 40’s, at the height of my career as an Executive Manager in a major bank. In April of 2010, I was getting ready to take 6 weeks long service leave to spend some quality time with my beautiful husband. We were going on a road trip, through South … Continue reading My Story
When living with chronic illness, and particularly chronic pain, life needs a level of certainty, of routine. To a large degree we can create workable daily routines, manage our medications and medical appointments and keep life ticking along so we maintain our equilibrium as much as possible. I actually love change. Throughout my career I … Continue reading Nothing Lasts Forever…Time For A New Chapter
I don’t often write about the ins and outs of living with a stoma but today I’m making an exception. The life of an Ostomate is in general a mystery to most people. Let’s face it, you don’t usually think about having a stoma or researching what it might be like to have one, unless … Continue reading Thank goodness…It wasn’t me!
How many times have you said, “No worries, that’s as easy as…….” I know I’ve said it countless times during my life. In fact its how I used to live my life. Everything was seemingly easy and if it wasn’t, I could quickly convince myself it was. I had a positive can do, absolutely, yes … Continue reading It’s Never As Easy As…
For two years, before medically retiring, I was still holding out hope of being able to return to work eventually, despite being on Income Protection and battling one health hurdle after the other. The realist in me knew I was facing a very different life, as I began to lose my ability to walk any … Continue reading Driving “Miss Sam”