Colostomy colostomy

“Having a colostomy hasn’t stopped me mucking in”

Phil, 61, Colostomist and Keen Gardener

I’d never been in hospital before in my life when I found out I would need a stoma to treat diverticulitis. It was a daunting prospect and I wondered how much my body would change – especially physically, being a keen gardener. How soon would I recover? What would my stoma look like? Would I still be able to tend my allotment? I soon overcame all the obstacles and you can too.
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, recently had your operation or are a colostomist living with a stoma, this section contains all the information you need. It’s also a useful guide for carers or parents of children who are going through the same thing.