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‘I was taken to hospital and ended up in intensive care.I couldn’t eat or keep food down and they thought I had an eating disorder.‘You have to adjust to things like learning how to change the bag.
‘At the moment I’m focusing on people going through the same thing but hopefully it’s challenging the perception for people who do not have them.’ You’re not alone if you’re curious about how having a stoma bag affects your dating life – Harriet says she’s often asked about this.
‘I think it’s difficult for them – they think why would you want a bag?
I say, think about a time when you have had the worst food poisoning or gastric flu. You have that every day and the way you can get rid of it is by taking drugs that wreck your immune system and impact the way you feel and look.
‘I wanted to show you can be confident in yourself and should not be ashamed to be confident. I was worried about things like not being able to wear tight dresses of a wedding dress, but you can.
‘I think it has made me more body confident – I’m a lot more confident since having the bag anyway.
‘I posted pictures of what the scarring looked like so people know what to prepare for after surgery.