This is where you can get to know our real life models to understand their personal link to the cause, why they took part, how this helped them and a little bit more about them.
Please come back to view updates as these come in. (Last updated 11/11/2020)
Acute ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease)
Taking part in the calendar allowed me to feel empowered. I felt proud to show my ostomy bag off and own journey.
Since having life-changing surgery to remove my colon and have a stoma created, I have made an Instagram page (@guttedforguts_abdn) to raise awareness and contribute to breaking the stoma stigma.
My Instagram page has not only helped me to process my emotions by putting my thoughts down on ‘paper’, but also to connect with the wonderful IBD community.
This has helped me to feel less alone and more confident in myself.
My name is Bobby and I am aged 8.
I have an ileostomy due to not being able to open my bowels for 30 odd days at a time.
I was having so much pain and it was very tiring too.
After my mum and dad agreed on the stoma surgery, I have been a different child due to me not living in pain.
The photoshoot made me feel like me.
I know there are other people like me and my new school has helped me raise awareness, which has stopped me being bullied for having a bag.
My bag has allowed me to join in with activities at school and on holidays like horse riding for the very first time.
We are a stoma proud family.
I'm a 32 year old lawyer who suffers with complex Ptsd years of abuse and having been the victim of traumatic, violent and sexual crimes. I suffer also with a broken back which was the result of one such event. I have sleepless nights, panic attacks, head ticks, face numbness, difficulty with mobility, annual back surgery, incontinence and reduced power in my left leg which causes frequent falls. Despite these, I have powered through and know my worth. I have become successful and continue to battle and strive to achieve more. I encourage everyone to love themselves and battle on because you're worth it!
Taking part in this calendar reminds me I'm not alone and is empowering. Hopefully this helps others feel the same.
Ashley Anderson: TBC
Adriana Tomarchio: TBC
My name is Lauren and I’m 28 and I’m from London but I live in Northern Ireland. I have multiple disabilities from having Hirschsprung’s disease, mega colon and other bowel diagnosis’, a stoma ileostomy bag, to having bladder damage, ME/CFS, PCOS, a bulging disk in my lower back, to my mental health having BPD, OCD, depression/anxiety and CPTSD.
I was absolutely delighted to be involved in this disability awareness calendar, in the process of doing the photos it made me feel quite emotional and reflective but it 100% made me feel liberated, sexy and Ostomy proud.