My journey to a stoma
Hi, I’m Ollie, just turned 16 years old and I’m diagnosed with Colitis and a few weeks ago. I had major surgery called an ileostomy to remove my colon because I was very sick (acute colitis) and was missing a lot of school and time with my mates because I was either in pain in bed at home, or in a hospital.
The surgery left me with a stoma bag and it saved my life, allowed me to be a teenager again and gave me a second chance at life I wanted to turn this into a positive so I created a Facebook and Instagram page called @thekidwithabag to spread and raise awareness for this invisible illness and support young people like myself who have been through or are going through with this horrible condition.
Not many young people speak out about this topic and there’s a lot of stigma surrounding the topic so by me speaking out and spreading awareness I hope to break that stigma. If you could do anything, share my page, that would be amazing and help spread awareness about this condition.