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I am what is known in the ostomate community as a double bagger.

My name is Laura MacKenzie, I am 41 and I live in Wemyss Bay, Scotland. I am what is known in the Ostomate Community as a double bagger. This means I have two stomas. I have a urostomy and a colostomy. My stomas were created during a 12-hour operation for a total pelvic exenteration in … Continue reading “I am what is known in the ostomate community as a double bagger.”

Security staff at Belfast Airport trained on helping passengers with stomas

Respond Healthcare, the leading supplier of stoma and continence prescription services across Northern Ireland, has carried out specialist training with security staff at Belfast International Airport with the aim of creating awareness of people travelling with stomas. A stoma is an opening made on the abdomen through which bodily waste can pass into a stoma … Continue reading “Security staff at Belfast Airport trained on helping passengers with stomas”

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Summer Pesto Pasta

A light summer pasta with a pesto sauce Ingredients: 100g penne or fusilli pasta 3 tablespoons of green pesto 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Pinch of salt and pepper to taste 75g baby tomatoes*, halved 100g mozzarella Teaspoon of dried basil Method: Bring a large pot of water to the boil, cook the pasta for … Continue reading “Summer Pesto Pasta”

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Ryan’s Story

I started my fitness journey in September 2016, 18 months after emergency stoma surgery for fulminated colitis. I gained weight since my surgery and it was effecting my self-esteem, I had been taking anti-depressants and I knew I had to do something to turn my life around so I started back at the gym. I … Continue reading “Ryan’s Story”

13 things you only have to deal with if you have an invisible illness

There are many ways a person can be sick without it showing on the outside. Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and mental health issues like depression and anxiety are just a few of the invisible illnesses that many people deal with every day. However, just because these illnesses are not immediately visible to others, does not mean … Continue reading “13 things you only have to deal with if you have an invisible illness”

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Easy Pancakes

Ingredients 100g plain flour 2 medium eggs 300ml semi-skimmed milk 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus extra for frying A pinch of salt Serves 8 Method Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a small well in the center. Crack the eggs into the center, then … Continue reading “Easy Pancakes”

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