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Girls Aloud Star In Colostomy Call

Interesting! There is a lot of publicity nowadays …

Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has said she wants to help "smash the taboo" that surrounds people who have to wear colostomy bags.

The singer, who is launching a solo career later this year, said the "pretence of body perfection" makes it difficult for patients recovering from bowel surgery to feel sexy or confident.

Ms Coyle spoke out after her friend, hairstylist Connor Grant, had an operation in January which left him needing a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

She said: "This was a big worry, especially in our industries where there is so much pretence at body perfection.

"I was amazed at the negative connotations that surrounds people with a stoma and also shocked at the lack of exposure in the mainstream media. This is one taboo which I am right on board in helping to smash."

The LA-based singer has agreed to be a celebrity ambassador for "designer colostomy knicker" company Vanilla Blush.

The company was founded by Glasgow-based Nicola Dames after she had major bowel surgery in 2006 which left her needing an ileostomy bag.

The 33-year-old wanted to help men and women who have had bowel surgery to cope with the aftermath of treatment and rebuild their confidence with "sexy" underwear and swimwear, turning a "medical problem into a fashion challenge". Her underwear comes with a built-in pouch to conceal the bag.

Ms Coyle said: "Nicola has turned people’s lives around with her underwear. You can still look and feel gorgeous whilst having a colostomy or ileostomy."

She is now set to appear at a nursing conference in Arizona in the US with Vanilla Blush models to promote the firm. Nadine will be giving away one of her tops and write a letter to the people who give the largest donation to a fund to raise the £6,000 needed to take the models to the US. All other donations made will be given to charity.

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Girls Aloud Star In Colostomy Call

Pending Colostomy For FI And Surgery For Prolapse Bladder

Hi Peeps
I hope someone can put me straight on this topic. I will at some stage have to have a colostomy for enduring FI following multiple surgeries on rectum for disease and recurrant fistula. I have now been told I have bladder and bowel (no suprise there) prolapse. This means the clock is starting to tick for an op of sorts.

Will they do the bladder hook up op at the same time as the colostomy? I would much prefer it if it was all done in one hit but have not had the chance to speak to my surgeon yet.

I cannot see the point of me having one proceedure left till later unless there is some dark medical knowledge I have not been made aware of.

Just to be clear I still have my uterus and do not want to get shot of it.(yet).

I would be expecting my bladder to be back to normal function and the colostomy to do the rest.
Not that I am asking for the sun, moon and stars, but I was hopeful that this could all be done by keyholes rather than the big midsection? Ok so I still have abs I do not want distroyed, a girls gotta have some vanity issues amongst all the bodily fluids.

All information very welcome.
Thanks

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Pending Colostomy For FI And Surgery For Prolapse Bladder

I Was Told Today That I Need To Have Surgery And A Colostomy Bag. I Am A Ultra-newbie.

Hello,

Are there any things I need to be advocating for with my surgeon that will make life better with a bag? Don’t really know what is possible so Im asking what you have already found out. If you are wearing one, you know what you wish you knew before you got it. 

Thank you for sharing whatever info you can. Full of doubts and fears, but I have accepted that its happening.

I am currently very active. Swimming, sailing, bike riding and surfing. An energizer bunny type.

Its such an intimate subject I really do appreciate that you are sharing your own thoughts on it with me.

The Ludicrous Frog

 

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I Was Told Today That I Need To Have Surgery And A Colostomy Bag. I Am A Ultra-newbie.

Colostomy Reversal Guidance Needed

Had a colostomy 5 months ago due to grade 3 sigmoidocele causing complete elimination obstruction. Sigmoid was removed, but the rest of the colon remains. Resection was not done at the time due to severe malnutrition.   I have had ZERO quality of life since then, although it is outputting  fine, this pouch and maintaining it  & the stoma has completely taken over everything I do, along with the near constant discomfort of wearing this pouch. I cannot live like this! Doc seems anxious and enthusiastic (almost too much so)   to do a reversal. Have gotten a 2nd opinion which agrees with that of my surgeon, for the most part.  All I’m hearing is the negative possibilities, neither doc has really given me anything positive to hold on to, but perhaps they are just trying to keep my expectations in check.  I want to get rid of this bag and return to a normal life, but . .  will that happen?  I must have it done IN JUNE to allow recovery time prior to my seasonal business kicking in , so I must make a decision on this quickly in order to schedule the procedure.  

What am I in for? How long in the hospital?  How might my condition be during the transition? Will my life return to ‘normal’ as in when my digestion was working normally?   I have NO HELP at home, I live alone, will I be able to handle the recovery?  I need as much guidance as you all are kind enough to provide. I am terrified of doing this, but more terrified of living another year, or even the rest of my life as I am. 

 

I am meeting with my surgeon again tomorrow (4/19) to hopefully get more details, but I need to be sure I’m getting the right info and asking the right questions.  Thank you !

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Colostomy Reversal Guidance Needed

Colostomy And Also Bladder Problems

hi my name is jenni and i am 30 years old. i have had my colostomy since last august. It was  last resort after having surgery to try to correct a prolapsed rectum. My surgeon said that the sphincter muscles had gone competely. Anyway i am now just about used to dealing with the colostomy , although i have to change it more regular than i would like-mostly three times a day. Is this normal?  Anyway my problem now is that i am continually incontinent with my badder. I have to wear prescription pads so feel like a baby. i am about to have urodynamic tests done. I hope that this will give the consultant some answers. I am worrried that i will end up with a bag for that too. At least it would mean i would never have to go to the loo ever again. Is there anyone out there who has the same difficulties as me and would be willing to talk to me about it? i was wondering if it was quite usual for the bladder problems to occur after having the colostomy done.. I didnt say before but my colostomy is permanent. These problems are seconary as i have hydrocephalus and have had loads of surgery for it. Anyway i shall stop talking now and hope to hear from anybody. Thanks jenni

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Colostomy And Also Bladder Problems

Colostomy / Ostomy Reversal

Had my colostomy reversed as well as a colostomy hernia repaired a few months ago after having it for around six months. Re connect surgery was successful and I am feeling pretty normal. A very bad case of diverticulitis brought it all on. I ignored a bad stomach ache that finally turned severe. I spent a month total in the hospital on strong antibiotics attempting to clear up the infection to no avail. My colon ruptered during the third week and had to have a section of colon removed. Had I looked into the initial stomach ache it probably would have cleared up with antibiotics. Don’t ignore what you body is telling you like I did. Anyway thank you to all and the great support. God Bless.

Robert from OC, CA.

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Colostomy / Ostomy Reversal

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