The construction of Nichola’s ileostomy was initially created to improve her quality of life, however secondary to this operation is permanent physical disfigurement and an incontinent life-style.
Nichola has accepted and learnt to deal with these life-style adjustments in an exceptionally mature and inspirational manner.
Since living with her ileostomy she has unfortunately encountered many setbacks mainly due to retraction of the stoma, subsequently requiring refashioning or resiting of the stoma.
Nichola’s attitude has not allowed her to see this as a setback merely an interruption to her normal active life.
At times my department has been introduced to a new patient either suffering from Crohns or requiring similar surgery for various other reasons and are extremely overwhelmed with the proposed surgery and its outcome.
Nichola has made herself available to act as a support person to new patients on many occasions.
I do give all my patients pre-surgery counselling which is suitable for many, however there are the odd few that Nichola’s example has made a difference to and not just for patients but for all of us in the medical profession.
Her book will definitely be included on my bookshelf where again Nichola’s attitude will work its magic when required.
Sheryl Waye, RN. STN. BN, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Stomal Department
Gold Coast Health Service District, Queensland Health.