After Ostomy surgery, as well as adjusting to coming to terms with the way your body now functions and your body’s appearance, you may have lost confidence; confidence in yourself, and your abilities.
In this 60-minute webinar, Donna Butler – psychotherapist & registered nurse, ostomate Rachel Stokes, Liam Manning and Fittleworth Nurses discuss the issues that may be of concern to you, both before and after surgery.
The session will cover: Thoughts, feelings and concerns you might have about your body and body image. Practical concerns and solutions for life with a stoma bag. Managing relationships, dating and sex. Knowing what to wear and what to eat. Positive approaches to developing and maintaining body confidence. Watch the 28th April Webinar Replay Watch the 12th May Webinar Replay Free Q&A Session
After the 28th April webinar, our experts and ambassadors answered any questions attendees had. Click below to watch the replay of the 7th May Q&A session.
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email@example.com Speakers Donna Butler
Donna Butler is a registered UKCP psychotherapist, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma therapist and a registered nurse. She worked in the NHS for over 30 years at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals National Health Service (NHS). First as an A&E nurse, then as a therapist. During this time, she led services in supporting staff from multi-allied professions, including nurses, doctors, paramedics, police, and fire service personnel supporting them through wellbeing and mental health issues.
She is now a Consultant Psychotherapist and Director of Donna Butler Associates, providing specialist therapy for individuals and couples, as well as for organisations where she provides debriefing and post-incident support and training. She regularly presents at national conferences. You can contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gill Hasson has written more than twenty five books on the subject of wellbeing for adults and children; books on emotional intelligence, resilience, assertiveness, happiness and overcoming anxiety. She has co authored, together with Donna, ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace.’
Gill also delivers teaching and training for education organisations, voluntary organisations and the public sector in the UK as well as business organisations in both the UK and the US.
Gill’s particular interest and motivation is in helping people to realize their potential. You can contact Gill at
email@example.com Rachel Stokes
Rachel Stokes is a Fittleworth Ambassador. As an Ambassador, Rachel shares her experiences of Fittleworth’s services and support to empower other people, just like her, when life took an unexpectedly different turn.
In 2016 at the age of 46 Rachel was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her lower bowel. After two and a half years of treatment, involving 3 surgeries, a reoccurrence and two stomas, one of which a permanent colostomy, Rachel tells us she is now totally loving life again.
Karen Totty is a Stoma Specialist Nurse who has worked in the NHS and private sector since qualifying as a State Enrolled nurse in 1986 and then a Registered General Nurse in 1989. During this time Karen has developed a vast wealth of knowledge and skills within the Colorectal Surgical Speciality.
The last 19 years have been in Colorectal/Stoma Care at the Northern General Hospital and then Stoma Care in the community working for Independent dispensing companies, Wilkinson Healthcare and for the last five years Fittleworth Medical. She works closely with NHS Specialist Stoma Nurses to provide individualised care and support with fistula and stoma management for patients and their relatives in the community.
As well as her Nursing role she has Team Leader responsibilities within the Fittleworth Nursing Team in the North of England. In her free time Karen is a keen gardener and enjoys spending time with her family, eating out, going for walks, and travelling at home and abroad.
Julie qualified as an RGN in 1990. Since then, she has worked within the surgical colorectal field specialising in stoma care. Following a long spell of working in Intensive Care, Julie decided to focus her skills on caring for the patients with bowel dysfunction and became the stoma care nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Here Julie developed a huge range of skills, and her work included caring for neonates through to adults. She became an advisor for fistula management as well as stoma care. From here Julie went on to develop her skills within the Colorectal team at Macclesfield General and enjoyed the responsibility of being a colorectal support nurse as well as a stoma care nurse.
Here she completed her degree in nursing which focused on wound care, cancer management and colorectal care. Julie now works for Fittleworth Medical and specialises in bowel dysfunction offering advice for stoma care and rectal irrigation.
Lesley qualified as a Nurse in 1987 and worked for the NHS until 1991 when she joined the Royal Navy. In the Royal Navy Lesley worked on the Surgical wards at RNH Haslar and then became their Stoma Care Nurse in 1999, running her own department.
Lesley went on to work in three Royal Naval Air stations along the South coast as a Practice Nurse one with the Air Sea Rescue at Culdrose. Lesley has used her stoma care skills on and off throughout her Royal Naval career, working in Afghanistan with poly-trauma patients and DSMRC Headley Court, where she became the only Stoma Care Nurse in the Royal Navy.
In 2013 Lesley left the Royal Navy after completing 22 years of service. Lesley is now working for Fittleworth Medical Ltd as a Stoma Care Specialist Nurse, providing Specialist Care, education and support for patients in the south of England alongside her NHS colleagues.
Liam is aged 38 and married with two children, Leo who is 3 and Sophie aged 12. Since being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 10, Liam has gone through multiple bowel surgeries, trial drugs and biological infusions. Life has been a struggle for Liam, with many shattered dreams due to consistent poor health.
At the age of 34, Liam underwent lifesaving permanent ileostomy surgery, after the disease became septic. Although Liam says that the permanent ileostomy surgery was a scary unknown, it has given him strength, future dreams and the ability to live a new normal life with a stoma.