Nicola B and the TWO Big C’s

I actually can’t believe that I posted this blog post 3 years ago! And still the importance to keep informing and spreading the message continues… Life with a colostomy…

Nicola Bourne

photo copyObviously the first one is Cancer.  But I have another big C, in a lot of ways it is a bigger C, certainly to me, so big that I often don’t really speak about it.  The other big C is my Colostomy.

For those who don’t know, a Colostomy is when you have part of your large intestine removed and what’s left diverted through the abdomen wall.  There are occasions when the procedure can be reversed but not in my case.  Truth be told, I struggled with finding out I needed a colostomy more than finding out I had cancer – cancer I could deal with, this I couldn’t.  I thought it was the absolute worst thing that could happen to me and I went into a very strange denial, praying it wouldn’t happen right until I woke up from my surgery.

I actually said if I didn’t have kids…

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3 thoughts on “Nicola B and the TWO Big C’s

  1. I’m very positive about my stoma, so it is interesting to read an account of someone who isn’t, it can be easily forgotten. Look forward to seeing what comes out of the project!

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  2. Wow. I admit I didn’t know much about Stomas and such at all, I take my hat of to you for firstly loving yourself enough to move through it all, and for being brave enough to share your story with the world in hopes of motivating and/or inspiring people who go through similar trauma, or even those who go through anything at all. =] sending you a big hug from across the world.

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