When it comes to 'after-market' accessories and clothing for ostomates, there isn't much of a mainstream market. If products exist, it's usually because someone with an ostomy (or someone who loves an ostomate) got fed up with the lack of products available and invented what they needed. On the one hand this is understandable -- … Continue reading In search of an ostomy purse
It's certainly possible to manage without any special or customized clothing when you have an ostomy, but you're unlikely to transition from the life of a non-ostomate to ostomate without having to give some thought to your manner of dress. A lot of the adjustment will depend on the size and location of your stoma -- some … Continue reading Ostomy underwear worthy of burlesque
I'm on my second ileostomy, fashioned for me during an operation in January of this year (my first was in 1996 and was temporary for about six months while I recovered from J-pouch surgery). It's going to be part of me for life, so the products I use for it are important for a number … Continue reading Ostomy products that don’t look geriatric
The longer you require assistive mobility devices, the more of them you acquire. Or at least that's my experience! Inevitably you find better options as you start to better know your own needs (turns out handle shape matters!), or find that different types of aides work better in different situations. I started out with a hand-me-down … Continue reading Don’t hide your canes away
I'm not a fan of 'flesh-coloured' medical undergarments and support stockings. I don't even like beige pantyhose. To me, none of these items ever look like anyone's actual skin, and certainly if anyone spots you wearing beige support hose, they're not going to mistake them for 'normal' socks or stockings. They send a very quick … Continue reading Stylish support stockings!
I've always enjoyed good design. If a thing is beautiful, that's certainly enough, certainly. Beautiful things give us pleasure - they make us smile, or elicit a warm feeling, or trigger a good memory. In moments of anxiety or stress, I've often aimed for a gallery or flea market or even HomeSense to look at brightly-coloured … Continue reading No time for ugly things