About Me

Hiya, I’m Amy & I’m 23 years old. I have a permanent Ileostomy.

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at age 7, going on to have a diagnosis of Severe Crohn’s Colitis (Crohn’s of the large intestine/colon instead of Crohn’s, as it is typically known, in the small intestine) aged 17.

I underwent Panproctocolectomy Surgery August 2011 –>Permanent Ileostomy formed – ‘Stacey Stoma!’ 😀 During my surgery, they discovered a large mass on my Transverse Colon, which left me within inches of my life and meant that surgery took longer. If I hadn’t had my surgery then, chances are it would have burst and done some serious, threatening damage. I am SO lucky to be here! 🙂


I work full-time & also go to college, where I am studying towards gaining my Association of Accounting Technician’s qualification. I love my career & am very focused.

worldibddayI enjoy going out for meals, seeing friends, travelling, spending time with my family, shopping, singing, photography, doing my hair and make up 😀, going to concerts & gigs, blogging, music, studying, going for walks, evening walks on the beach, kicking Crohn’s Disease in the backside 😀 and helping other people.

This blog is about my experiences living with my stoma & also covers general things as well about my life & my interests. Questions about IBD and my life in general as a young person with an ileostomy are welcome, as well as comments you have about my blog, but please be constructive! 🙂

If you would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to e-mail me: ostomismnotpessimism@yahoo.com.

Thanks! 🙂


6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I have not read your blog yet, but I can tell my the name of that it’s going to be a great read! I love the title of your blog! You have a great spirit! Wishing you health and happiness fellow Crohnie! 🙂


  2. Hello Amy,

    I am writing to enquire if you would like to add details of your Ostomism Not Pessimism blog to my website, ‘A Guide To Living With A Stoma’ under the Blogs section. The website is proving extremely valuable to suppliers, support groups, medical consultants, stoma care nurses, and ostomates, both here in the U.K. and internationally, and the response and feedback has been overwhelming. I have been told that my website is recognised as one of the top three ostomy resource websites in the world.

    I look after my website on a voluntary basis, and there would be no financial cost involved for you. My website is not for financial gain, but to provide ostomates with as much information as possible.

    If you are interested, could you please email me, and I can provide you with the necessary information for you to be included.

    I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, take care, Jean.


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