Dating with stoma
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‘They said they shouldn’t do that – it’s disgusting,’ she says. ‘I was a bit worried at first because I thought people would be looking at me but I try to remember everyone is concerned about the way they look on the beach.’ Harriet’s images have already inspired and helped others who have the illness.
The way I live is completely normal.’ Harriet started sharing pictures of herself with her bag on social media about a month ago, after hearing comments about people with ileostomy bags wearing bikinis. I was being defiant and wore a bikini all the time on holiday.
Now the 25-year-old has been sharing images of herself in everyday situations to raise awareness of the disease, and encourage others to be more body confident.
Harriet – a market researcher from London – suffers from ulcerative colitis – a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the large intestine.
Harriet Williams was diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel condition at the age of 14 which left her needing to go to the toilet more than 25 times a day.
After eight agonising years, she was fitted with an ileostomy bag, and despite being later told she could have it reversed, she decided to keep it.
‘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.
‘It was mortifying for me at 14 to be diagnosed with it,’ she says.
‘You have a disease that is to do with poo and you get really fat from steroids.
‘It made me realise how positive the message can be and how much people need to see that you can live with it and your life can carry on and be better.
‘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 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.