If you’d have said to me seven years ago that I’d be working in Ostomy Care, I would’ve thought you were insane. Indeed, seven years ago I was still recovering from colectomy surgery and coming to terms with having an ileostomy. It had been a whirlwind six months, from being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis to emergency surgery- with no option but to adapt to the change. Having a stoma gave me a new lease of life, allowing me to return to my studies and live a somewhat “normal” teenage life without pain or suffering. Despite this, when the option to reverse the stoma and have a J-Pouch formed came about, I seized the opportunity. Unfortunately, this is not the end of my story…I was severely ill in the aftermath of the surgery. There was talk about going back to having a stoma, however, after a month in hospital, the trial & error drug treatment (Azathioprine, Infliximab, and Prednisolone) and parenteral nutrition appeared to be working.
I have had my J-Pouch five years now, and *touchwood* with the help of daily dosages of Azathioprine, I have been flare free for four years. In these years, I have graduated from university, travelled throughout Europe and North America, and lived in three countries. None of this would have been possible without the fantastic doctors, nurses and surgeons that helped me on the road to recovery. But it is time to remove the stigma from bowel diseases, and strive together to find a cure! For that reason, I have dedicated my career to the medical devices industry & improving patient health care, and currently that has enabled me to work with ostomy pouches in the aim of improving the life's of ostomates. 💜Adrian and Crohn’s & Colitis UK - fighting Inflammatory Bowel Disease together 💜