What, When, Why?

A bit about me.

In 2015, I received my diagnosis of a rare bowel condition which, without surgery, had a 100% chance of becoming cancer. My late diagnosis meant that they feared that unless I had surgery within a year I may not be around much longer. 8 months and many camera test and scans later I was in the operating theatre having my ileostomy placed.

I was very lucky to have friends and family who supported and, sometimes, carried me through a difficult and scary time before and after the operation. Not everyone is so lucky though, and this is where the Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Association come in.

The IA arrange visits and support for people struggling with this change. Support on everything from the stoma itself, to the effect on relationships, mental health, finances, and more.

In June, I embarked on a 5-day trek to raise funds and awareness for the charity. I crossed a huge variety of scenery along the way, from countryside parks to loch-shores, and from open moorlands to steep mountains. This was a solo, self-sufficient trek, carrying everything I needed, from food and shelter to emergency kit, clothing, and of course my stoma supplies!

I hoped to prove that having a stoma doesn’t limit us, or stop us from doing anything that someone without a stoma could do.

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