It wasn’t an amazing career milestone or hitting my Tin wedding anniversary. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below So what changed? However, when it comes to adjusting to your new body and how to cope with it in the real world, in all honestly, unless they have one, they really have no clue. My Thing, The Thing… it was always Thing. In my head, I think that calling it that meant I could talk about it and nobody would know what I was talking about. Do you know what I call it now? Because that is exactly what it is. Only took me nearly 10 years to get there… 2.

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About two to three weeks ago while changing my ostomy, I noticed an off white area on my stoma. At first sight I thought it was a piece of adhesive from my appliance that rolled up on my stoma. Since I believed it to just be adhesive I attempted to get it off. Idiot Disclaimer for myself: Okay back to the point, my mind started to race.

I remember so vividly the first day she saw my bag on one of our many toilet adventures.

I know it was for me. He told me that it would not change anything majorly, but it would be an adjustment, especially after getting the rectum removed. The rectum is right up against the vaginal canal and provides support, so no longer having it made things feel different. Not bad different, just… different. Let me first go back to before my surgery. There are so many concerns when living with a bowel disease.

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This is Britain’s best fish and chip shop 14 celebrities with chronic illnesses By being open about their health struggles, celebrities have played a part in raising awareness of many chronic conditions. Getty Images By Olivia Blair Sep 15, A chronic illness is a long-term medical condition that requires treatment and management over a long period of time, usually years. Some of them are well known, like arthritis and diabetes, but there are a whole host of others which have been given more attention in recent years because a celebrity has publicly disclosed having it.

Take Lady Gaga, for example, who recently disclosed she has a condition called fibromyalgia.

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These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Natalie Toper Image caption Learning to live with a hidden disability has been challenging for Natalie but she’s determined to make the most of life Imagine being told that you have a life-threatening illness. Imagine having to relearn how to carry out previously straightforward tasks such as using a public toilet. Imagine not only having to come to terms with all of this but also facing hostility because you have a hidden disability.

Natalie Toper from London knows all about this. Three years ago, just before her 32nd birthday, Natalie was diagnosed with late-stage bowel and rectal cancer. She was told she would need an ileostomy , an operation involving the small intestine being diverted through an opening – or stoma – in the abdomen. A bag is then placed over the stoma to collect liquid and waste. The procedure can either be temporary or permanent.

Before she even met the stoma nurses who would provide support, she was simply handed a stoma bag sample and told she would need to wear one permanently, for the rest her life.

‘Have a stoma and live or don’t have one and die’

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Sarah Hyland – Kidney Dysplasia Getty Images Kidney dysplasia is a condition from birth where the kidneys have not developed properly when the baby was in the womb.

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Gigi said last year that the disease actually meant she struggled to put weight on.

14 celebrities with chronic illnesses

Only took me nearly 10 years to get there… 2.

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