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)
Stephanie Fearon-Isle: TBC
My name is kelly and I’m 46yrs old.
I live in Australia.
I had an ileostomy for nearly 22yrs from Crohn’s disease.
I’ve also got r/arthritis, osteoarthritis, immune arthritis that has completely riddled my body for the last 7yrs.
I’ve suffered depression since I was 17yrs old and have been on meds ever since.
I have mild fibromyalgia.
I’ve lived my life to the best of my ability and now do “ostomy support bears” that help people of all ages cope with having an ostomy. The bears all have a stoma and bag that comes on and off to show the stoma. What I do is completely non profit and do it to help people, make them smile, raise awareness and help reduce the stigma attached to having an ostomy. I started in March 2019 and to date over 2300 have gone out around the world.
I worked as a sales representative for 20yrs and absolutely loved it but had to stop working 7yrs ago because of the arthritis but I’ve not let that stop me achieving my goals.
A positive attitude definitely helps.
“Your body can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince”
“Having an ostomy is not a death sentence, it’s a permanent new way of life which you can deal with your Drs, STN’s, family and friends but mostly a “CAN DO attitude”. Never give up, never give in, never stop fighting.....there is A LIFE after a Ostomy.”
Kate Sevilla: TBC
Emily Hodgson: TBC