The Sunflower Stories - Bowl cancer, LARS syndrome and stoma with Amanda Strother Amanda was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 31 years old. After a successful operation to remove the cancer she developed major LARS which meant that not only was she in pain, she also needed to use the toilet between 30 to 40 times a day.

Eventually Amanda elected to undergo further surgery to have a colostomy bag and refers to this as the best decision she ever made. She has named her stoma Hope. In the conversation Amanda is brilliantly honest and open, we talk about how the stoma works, what it looks like, what she can do, and other people’s perceptions.

Amanda is on a mission to educate and raise awareness of stomas.

If you are experiencing problems discussed in this podcast contact your GP. For support contact Colostomy UK

Hosted by Chantal Boyle, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower.

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