How I got in control after my cancer diagnosis

September 29 2021

After suffering from rectal cancer, I first had a stoma. When the stoma was removed and the bowel was reconnected, my bowel emptying did not work The radiation had damaged the nerves to the sphincter, so I became incontinent. From then on, I suffered from bowel leakage. 

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Topics: Transanal irrigation (TAI), Bowel dysfunction, rectal cancer

I was supposed to be happy after my cancer was gone, but life was hell

September 29 2021

I was only in my mid 30s, a mother of small children and a career, when I discovered blood in my stool. I simply did not have the time to worry. After a while I started to feel painI went to the doctor. In just a few weeks, I had been diagnosed with cancer and had undergone surgery. 

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Topics: Transanal irrigation (TAI), Bowel dysfunction

How to become independent: Debora can face new challenges thanks to IC and TAI

August 18 2021

Since her motorcycle accident, Debora's only desire has been to return to being independent and continue working on her projects. She faced the life-changing circumstances with great determination and soon began to practice emptying her bladder with IC (intermittent catheterization) and TAI (transanal irrigation). Debora tells us about her experience and how she managed to turn her life around.

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Topics: Bowel management, Transanal irrigation (TAI), Bladder management, Navina Smart, LoFric, Spinal injury, Catheterisation

How do we change perceptions surrounding disability?

July 26 2021

British Wheelchair Basketball begins the world's first professional women's league in 2022, and Wellspect contacted athlete Sophie Carrigill earlier this year to talk about the issues surrounding disability and her advocacy for women in sport.

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Intermittent Catheterization, IWBF, #roadtotokyo, #wheelchairbasketball

A journey from hell

May 30 2021

"I would feel anxiety in my stomach beforehand, and then I knew it was urgent. In the days leading up to these cramping symptoms, I could go to the bathroom up to ten times a day, yet all that came out were pea-sized amounts. I felt like I constantly needed to go to the bathroom."

The image is an illustration. 

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Topics: Neurogenic bowel, Bowel dysfunction, Multiple Sklerose (MS), quality of life