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Travelling with a stoma

We caught up with Orla McDade from IA Northern Ireland who’d recently returned from travelling overseas in December 2017. In November 2016 Orla went to […]

World Triathlon Champion 2017

Michelle overcomes illness in her rise to the top and become World Triathlon Champion. Sport has always been part of my life: I ran track […]

A bumpy road – but I’m here!

Julia shows us how life with a pouch doesn’t stop anything… including two lovely children! When I was 25, I started having problems with diarrhoea […]

Love the skin you’re in and love the day

I thought I was going to die and we weren’t even married yet! I had my first Stoma at 22 for very fast onset UC. […]

My UC diagnosis days after my daughter arrived

Phil’s life as a police officer managing with an ileostomy at the age of 23 During September 2007, my wife Blaire and I were very […]

A new career 4 months post surgery

Hannah’s story takes her from emergency surgery to a new career all in the space of 4 months! I’m 24 years old, in September 2016 […]

My ‘magic belly’

James shares how life with an ileostomy has given him confidence and the reassurance he needed ro run his own business. I have just celebrated […]

My stoma turned me into a triathlete

Caroline pushes herself to the limit to complete a triathlon only 12 months after learning to swim! “If I wanted to be a triathlete, I […]

Reaching for the summit

Kenny shares his 25 year long battle living with ulcerative colitis and his need for surgery before settling with his internal pouch. It was just […]

It’s not the end, it’s the beginning

Hannah contacted IA in November 2016 as she was planning to run the Stafford Half Marathon in March 2017, in aid of IA. After Hannah’s mum […]

Annas Blog

#OstomyRider – Week 4

Anna highlights how it’s not always easy, however motivated you are! “It’s been a bit of a day, 3 bag changes due to 3 leaks […]

#OstomyRider – Week 3

‘Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring’ Week 3 Day 1 After a tiring few days at the show I gave myself a […]

#OstomyRider – Week 2

‘Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway’ – Earl Nightingale […]

#OstomyRider – Week 1

So here we are, day one of the plan and all is good. Knowing there’s a plan in place (and a blog to write) gives […]

Introducing #OstomyRider

#OstomyRider, Anna Rennie, introduces her new cycling blog for IA. Anna shares life on two wheels with an ileostomy. ‘The greater the obstacle, the more […]