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.

Love the Skin You're In

Paula Holmes Carr went through living with UC, a J-Pouch and back to having her ‘faithful life-saving’ stoma that gave her back her life, her health and love for her own body and a new vigour for life and less pain.