Today is Rudolph's 2nd Stomaversary. On the 11th November 2013 my little stoma friend was created and it is an important day to reflect and to celebrate ( as strange as that might sound). For a person with a stoma the day of its creation can be viewed two ways. One of despair at an enforced … Continue reading Rudolphs 2nd Stomaversary !
My left femur broke spontaneously on October 6th 2014. It just snapped in two, no warning, apart from pain at the site for a few weeks, it just happened!! From a medical perspective it is a pathological break. We now know I have a rare genetic bone disease. It's The Strongest Bone In Your Body....It … Continue reading The day my femur broke!
A dear friend of mine has a stoma called Rosie. Rosie has been giving her a hard time of late and she has been in and out of hospital as a result. Life has been tough but she is an amazing lady who keeps bouncing back and brings much joy to others ( more than … Continue reading Dickens meets Rosie ~ A special moment
I'm being discharged this morning with more questions than answers. That is not the fault of my medical team though, just the fault of my body. We know I have developed colitis, inflammation of the bowel, but we don't know if it is autoimmune ulcerative colitis or if it is being caused by a virus. … Continue reading Going Home
The weekend was not much fun as my stoma decided to seek attention. A phone call to my Colorectal Surgeon this morning has landed me admitted to hospital for review & treatment.....more hospital frequent flyer points to collect, except they don't have any.!! Now there's a business opportunity waiting for someone. On a more serious … Continue reading Room with a view – in hospital again
I have been asked this question many times. Friends and acquaintances are always so relieved when they see me in person as I look so normal. I don't look sick and some of that is due to my coping mechanisms! It has also been well documented about the fact that autoimmune diseases, in general, don't cause … Continue reading How Do You Cope?
Having a stoma requires a change of life and a change of mindset. Accepting that you now have to manage a normal bodily function a little differently is half the battle. For many people that can be an extremely difficult leap as they may have received their stoma in an emergency situation due to severe … Continue reading Why Name My Stoma 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