Ian Daniels FRCS
Honorary President, Colostomy UK
Honorary President of Colostomy UK, the UK's largest charity advocating for stoma patients (colostomies, ileostomies, urostomies). The impact of major surgery and changes to body image and form/function can be huge, affecting all aspects of work/life. Our support is about getting the balance back through demonstrating/supporting all aspects of care and improving access. As a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon (Bum & Bowel Doc), I take people through the journey of life-changing surgery. Through research, engagement, sport, social activities, debunking myths, de-stigmatising stomas, demonstrating there are no boundaries and raising the awareness of bowel disease signs and symptoms, we are moving away rapidly from the #StomaStigma into a more open society, where a stoma is no longer something to fear, but a step in treatment and no restriction on life. Through swimming, yoga, walking and sport, including our own Rugby League team #TeamColostomyUK, we show there are no boundaries.