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Kitchen Table Wisdom -

Stories That Heal

Dr. Rachel Remen

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Dr. Rachel Remen has a unique perspective on healing rooted in her background as a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness.  In a deeply moving and down-to-earth collection of true stories, this prominent physician shows life in all its power and mystery, and reminds us that the things we cannot measure may be the things that ultimately sustain and enrich our lives.



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The Little Book Of Kitchen Table Wisdom

Dr. Rachel Remen

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As a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness, Dr. Rachel Remen, author of the inspirational classic ‘Kitchen Table Wisdom’, has a unique perspective on healing.  Here are the passages, quotes, and stories from ‘Kitchen Table Wisdom’, which have profoundly affected her legions of fans.  The result is a guide to inner healing that everyone will cherish, and such spiritual issues as suffering, meaning, love, faith, and miracles that everyone can learn from and live by.


Living With A Stoma

Dr. Craig A. White

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Dr. Craig White is a clinical psychologist, who has worked with many stoma patients and talked to them about their fears and anxieties.

In this book he explains in clear, straightforward terms all aspects of living with a stoma, including ways to feel more comfortable with it, and helps ostomates overcome any embarrassment they may feel in talking to doctors and other healthcare professionals, in order to get the best possible help and support.

Leading A Support Group -

A Practical Guide

Keith Nichols

John Jenkinson

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The use of support groups in healthcare has great potential and is beginning to grow in practice. This book is proving very popular, and demonstrates the success of the conversational/tutorial approach in teaching the basic skills of running support groups.

Unwanted Baggage

Elizabeth Prosser,

Philip Prosser.

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The book is designed as a resource tool for all ostomates.  It covers chapters on every aspect of ostomy life with all the relevant contacts, manufacturers, suppliers, associations, groups, websites and all kinds of information that could be relevant to those with differing stages of ostomies.

Yes We Can! -

Advice On Travelling With An Ostomy And Tips For Everyday Living

Barbara Kupfer,

Kathy Foley-Bolch,

Michelle Fallon Kasouf,

W. Brian Sweeney.

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For people with ostomies, travelling may be an intimidating task.  Three ostomates and a surgeon have teamed up to prove that ostomy surgery does not have to affect their lifestyles.  

This pocket-sized reference guide explores issues beyond standard medical explanations, and shows that post-surgical travel is not only possible, it is easy.  The book includes stories from people all over the world about travelling with an ostomy, tips and advice about planning for and taking a trip, and many other hints and tips.  




You Have A Colostomy

Reviewers -

Kathleen Calitri Brown,

Ellen Shipes,

Bobbie Stallings.

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This warm, friendly and positive book eases patients into the adjustment of living with a colostomy, and sets just the right tone for such a sensitive topic.  It will help colostomates discuss types of colostomies, changing and emptying pouches, skin care, irrigation, sex and diet. Colourful illustrations help explain these issues easily.





Susie And Her Ileostomy

Shawn Fletcher

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A story of courage and hope.

Susie is just one of millions of people in this world, who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.  This book is a story about her struggles with having an ileostomy.

Smiling In The Darkness

Isobel Bradley

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‘Smiling in the Darkness’ is the story of the persevering spirit of a woman in her courageous struggle against cancer.  Isobel Bradley’s journey is one that will inspire everyone to appreciate and embrace the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.

Isobel was first diagnosed with the life threatening disease when she was twenty-eight years old.  Over a decade later, her past traumas have returned to haunt her.  In this powerful story, Isobel’s determination shines through as she succeeds in living her life to the full.  Marked by near-death experiences, we read about her journey, ranging from skiing and white water rafting incidents through to major life saving surgery.  

Second Act -

Life After Colostomies And Other Adventures

Barbara Barrie

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Actress Barbara Barrie discusses her battle with colon cancer and her colostomy with resolute optimism, frankness, remarkable candour and a sense of humour.  

The Rough Guide To Accessible Britain


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The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is packed with over two hundred inspiring ideas for fantastic, worry-free days out with reviews, hints and tips on some of the UK’s best attractions, written by and for disabled people.

To make planning days out easier, entries are grouped into ten regional chapters with everything from Olympic venues to scenic drives and coastal towns.

Every review contains all the access information needed to enjoy a day out, including disabled parking, wheelchair access and more.


Stanley And Me Make Three -

From Powerlessness To Possibility, Life With An Ostomy

Jayne Prescott

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Stanley And Me Make Three is a real-life story about taking a journey on the undiscovered path of illness, to its ultimate wellness, and to all of the pit stops in between.  Life is a series of stepping stones, as there are many trails to reaching the same destination.

This book aims to share Jayne’s candid experience with ostomates.  Her wish is that by knowing her, ostomates’ apprehensions about the ‘what ifs’ will become less of a hindrance and expectations for a better tomorrow will soar.

Living Well With An Ostomy

Elizabeth Rayson

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While there is no doubt that getting an ostomy is a life-changing experience, it does not have to define your life.  In fact, many people who have had ostomy surgery, say that their surgery marked the start of a new, more expansive phase in their lives.

This comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide covers the practical aspects of ostomy care. Ostomates will also learn how to cope with the significant changes to your body that affect everything from travelling, dressing, playing sports, eating favourite foods and enjoying romantic and sexual relationships.  And one will also easily relate to the personal narratives throughout that illuminate many of the challenges, which ostomates face.


The Ostomy Book -

Living Comfortably With Colostomies, Ileostomies And Urostomies

Barbara Dorr Mullen,

Kerry Anne McGinn.

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The Ostomy Book’ is written by a mother and her daughter, and serves as a complete but easy-to-read handbook about ostomy surgeries, ostomy care and the good life, which is possible with an ostomy.  Just as importantly, it presents a moving and heartwarming account of the entire experience of having an ostomy.

The book provides complete information on everything from the details of surgery to rehabilitation, and the eventual management of the appliances, which are needed by patients.

Positive Options For Living With Your Ostomy

Dr. Craig A. White

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The book offers practical guidelines and emotional support for ostomy patients and their families.  It addresses all aspects of post-operative care.

Pretty Girl Blues -

An Autobiography

Jearlean Alston-Taylor

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Jearlean Alston-Taylor - Book

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Pretty Girl Blues is an autobiography of Jearlean’s life as a cancer survivor and life with two ostomies.  Her journey of unexpected challenges, struggling with low self-esteem, shame, insecurity and severe medical complications.  Often she questioned - why did I have to go through this sickness? The adversities, which she has overcome allowed her to inspire, encourage and uplift others.

The Ostomy Life


Dave Matthew Jordan

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Dave Matthew Jordan received ostomy surgery when he was three weeks old.  He has learned a lot about himself and ostomies along the way.

‘The Ostomy Life’ is an easy-to-understand guide to living with an ostomy and taking care of it. Topics include playing sports, travelling, eating habits, exercise, intimacy and much more.  ‘The Ostomy Life’ also covers basic care techniques, what to expect after surgery, raising a child who has an ostomy, how to buy supplies, and what to say to friends and significant others when it is time to tell them you have an ostomy.

Loo Rolls To Lycra

Caroline Bramwell

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Loo Rolls To Lycra - The Ironman Dreams Of An IBD Sufferer is the inspirational and insightful autobiography of Caroline Bramwell, a wife and mother who believed her life was going down the toilet, when she was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease.  With an encyclopaedic knowledge of every public toilet, bush or tree to dive behind, and after numerous extreme dietary regimes, Caroline elected to have her large intestine removed, and to live with a permanent ileostomy.

A self-confessed couch potato, Caroline turned to sport after surgery, dispelling the medical profession’s ‘you can’t do that’ attitude by announcing her London to Paris 24-hour cycle ride.  Motivated to learn to swim by her children, her enthusiasm for triathlon was lit after meeting Ironman world champion, Chrissie Wellington.

Caroline has competed at all triathlon distances, including the full Ironman UK, and has become one of the UK’s leading ostomy triathletes.  Loo Rolls To Lycra is the epitome of the self-belief that anything is possible.