This is a resource aiming to provide practical information for colostomates, and to a lesser extent ileostomates and urostomates. It is likely also to be of interest to their families, and where appropriate, to those who care for ostomates. The website has recently been updated and enlarged (9/06/2013) and now includes all the content of www.stomadata.com (English) and www.stomie.org (French).
One of the difficulties experienced by anyone encountering a stoma for the first time, and particularly a patient facing the prospect of having a stoma, is finding out more about it: what it is, what attention it requires, and how it affects normal living. The answers, or at least many of them, are explained in Colostomies and Other -Ostomies, which you may read here, or download to your computer.
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This website is maintained by Adrian March, who has been a trustee of the Colostomy Association since its formation, and is now Consultant to the Association. He has had a colostomy for some seventeen years, as a consequence of ano-rectal cancer. By profession a consultant in engineering research, he has also for many years, as a tutor of the Amateur Swimming Association and of the National Coaching Foundation, taught and trained teachers in swimming, diving, and aqua aerobics, and lectured to sports coaches on anatomy, physiology, and the technique of coaching children. It will come as no surprise that one of Adrian’s interests is a return to sport and an active life after surgery.
Adrian lives in the south of France, in Provence, and maintains contact with the Colostomy Association, and with patients who are referred to him, almost entirely via the internet. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who may be interested, most of the header pictures are of Cap Taillat, on the Mediterranean coast, and the adjacent coastline; the remainder (the rocky ones) are of Les Calanques, near Marseille.
This site will be continuously maintained and enlarged, and much of the material will also be available in French. You can check on the progress of this by clicking on the French flag in the header. A range of Colostomy Association leaflets is already available for download in .pdf form, and a collection of Technical Notes on other subjects of interest. The majority of the latter are derived from email responses to enquiries from colostomates, and some will be improved by the addition of illustrations when the opportunity allows, but it was considered more important to make them available now in their present form rather than delay them.