where to start? well I’ll start at the beginning! After years of suffering from a very horrrible disease, and having to try lots of drugs and take loads of steroids, feeling awful, getting fat steroid face, feeling embarrased and nervous about going out, I was told the only option was surgery! remove my colon, and poop from my stomach! I RESEARCHED IT! Made loads of friends online, and was told it was good to get your life back. although evertyone was positive about how there stomas changed there lives I still felt nervous. It was great having people online, some are amazing! amy and kate form let’s talk about crohns page and jessica’s uncover ostomy page – both on facebook. also IA forum was a great support. The only thing lacking was actual face to face contact! I met an old man called charlie who was very nice nad helped go through a lot of stuff but he was an old man! fashion, sex, life outdoors, those sort of questions he could not answer, I didn’t even bring them up! I’m now 7 weeks post op! And life is great! At the weekend i was camping, canoeing and hiking! on the sex, well thats better than before!! ( i was so ill before and always in pain so sex drive was 0!!!) do I want the j-pouch surgery? well i’m not even going to go there!! At the moment I’m not even thinking about it cause I’d end up making a hasty decision – at the moment the feeling is NO!!! I’ll give myself a year then look into the possibilty. You may think I’m crazy but i love squirt (my stoma) yes at times I WISH he wasn’t there, but he gave me my life back! As for fashion, i have my moments and get paranoid – squirt sticks out and is very pointy!! I’ve found some great clothes that make me look good and disquise squirt! I watched nadia’s videos on UCVLOG on youtube and got some great tips, it’s a bit ‘american’ the bags she uses are HUGE! maybe to prove any bag will work? i thought I’d start doing an english fashion video (i’m after pics if you have any???) I also got thinking about how I never met anyone apart from charlie before my surgery, and how helpful it would have been, also wouldn’t it be good to meet other stoma girls in my area nd hold socials! The IA have a meeting twice a year which is quite formal, I wanted days out, nights out, shopping trips, bbq’s, funthings and to make new friends, in person. SO i decided to start north east stoma girls! I set up a page on facebook, it’s starting slowly! have approached IA and ostomy lifestyle for help and support, and am going to mention it to my stoma nurse when I next see her. i’m hoping it’ll take off!!! although I’ll be blogging about me on this page i’ll also be logging news and events etc from the group once it gets off its feet! So – if you are a girl/woman, live in the north east of england and have had are going to have or are just considering surgery then come and join us! If you don’t fit any of these you can still follow my blog!