One of the many things we do when faced with something difficult or life changing is to draw strength from others and ask ourselves ‘how do others manage?’.

Having bowel surgery is no different and while everyone has a different story to tell, we can learn from other peoples’ experiences.

A selection of inspirational personal stories from IA’s pouch community who have overcome, or are overcoming, bowel surgery and sharing their journey or simply sharing what they enjoy.

Having an internal pouch doesn’t have to hold you back. The only thing that holds you back is your imagination.

A Partner’s Perspective

Anita offers a partner’s perspective on coping with partner Pat undergoing ileostomy surgery.

Chronically Motivated

University student Zoey faces illness then ileostomy surgery before being crowned winner in a fitness modelling competition leading on to the World Championships.

The Secrets and Lies of a Closet Ileostomist

How do you start the conversation with your future partner about living with an ileostomy?

The Good, the Bad and the Pouch Surgery

After internal pouch surgery, Mel shares how life is great as a sign language interpreter travelling hundreds of miles a week.

A Day in the Life of a New Stoma Nurse

Ever wondered what the day of a stoma care nurse looks like? Rosie shares her typical day after her new appointment to the specialist role.

Reaching for the Summit

Kenny shares his love of music, walking and being a family man whilst battling illness. Following his ileostomy surgery Kenny felt an internal pouch was a good option for him and how it has given him a new lease of life.

A Bumpy Road but I’m Here!

Struck by illness, Julia was just 9 months away from getting married. Not to be held back, surgery went ahead, so did the wedding and a new internal pouch was formed shortly after.