If you have ever met Cathy, then there is no way you will ever forget her. Her beautiful smile sinks into your heart forever.

 

Throughout her life, Cathy has always been a ray of sunshine. Despite any tribulations, and more recently her stoma bag operation, Cathy has never lost her positive outlook on life. Now, Cathy is cancer free, has accepted the stoma bag and made many new friends in the meantime – including a teddy bear called Buttony, that Cathy was gifted after she was discharged from hospital.

On Thursday 13th June, Cathy was invited to the Patients Information Stoma Day at The Isla Gladstone. At the event, Cathy caught up with the nurses that looked after her at the hospital, after her operation. They were delighted to see Cathy in such good shape and spirit.

Cathy also met 9 year old Jessica at the event, who had donated Buttony bears to hospitals across the UK and was fundraising to help others with stoma bags. During their interaction, Jessica learnt that Cathy had received a Buttony bear and passed her a book all about the bears.

The event was a great opportunity for Cathy, and others, to meet people with stoma bags of all different ages as well as specialists who care for individuals with stoma bags. Alongside this, the Patients Information Stoma Day supplied attendees with useful information about stoma care, accessories diet and complementary therapies.

 

Whilst there, Cathy was treated to complimentary refreshments, hand massages, leaflets and samples. She felt very welcome and looked after in that new community. Cathy can't wait for the next event in 18 months – she will definitely attend!