Stoma/ostomy lingerie for colostomy, ileostomy

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Helinka Carr

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Helinka Carr


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About Unspokenrosebud

Sales 2,539
On Etsy since 2019

Why I set up my business?

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer stage three in June 2013. I underwent radiotherapy then surgery in October of the same year. This operation left me with my first ileostomy, stoma. I found this very difficult to get my head around so I had a reversal in December of the same year.

Which lead to three years of hell. I was not in control of the bowel I found this totally not acceptable. In the family, we had a code word to let them know that they needed to give me time to allow the bowel to settled down. 'The dash' was the code word used.

This period of time was so difficult for my family and I as I was confined to the house or if we were lucky a pub. I found that just jumping into a pub at the time of need was so easy. I didn't have to explain myself to anyone.

After much soul searching I decided to have the ileostomy operation for the return of the stoma/ostomy. This was in December 2016.

Once I started to recover I tried to find lingerie that I used to wear. To my shock and amazement there was not much for me to buy. I did find some products however the material was not breathable. Which with the stoma/ostomy bag I found that I was becoming sore.

I was away with my husband on holiday thinking about what I need to find out to ensure that I could start my business. At the end of the road of where we were staying there was a sewing school. So we both attended this training at Lorna Knight sewing academy in Leek. We both could sew anyway, we just wanted to understand how the different materials used in lingerie worked in different patterns.

Once we had undertaken the training we started practices , creating our designs and sourcing the materials.
Which has lead us to where we are now. There are many more items that we are planning to create to meet the needs of a stoma/ostomy wearers.

Watch this space.

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