End the stigma; my ostomy saved my life.

Hi, so as this is my first ever blog post I’ve decided to talk about who I am, and why I’m here.

As you all should know by now, my names Angelina and I’m from South Wales, I’m 20 years old and I’m starting up a clothing brand called Aura Clothing. The brand was inspired by my past experiences and struggles of living with Crohns disease. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the digestive system, unfortunately for me it affected my colon (large bowel). I was diagnosed with this illness when I was 12 years old and by the age of 13 I had my colon removed which resulted in me having an ileostomy. The purpose of this blog is to create awareness as well as giving my brand a personal voice.

I feel like todays society pressurises us to fit into the ‘perfect’ category. Thats a lot of pressure of a lot people, let alone people with an illness or a hidden illness. I believe that no one is perfect, we are simply the best that we can be and that is perfect to me.

The reason that inspired me mostly to create Aura Clothing was the fact that not many people are aware that 1 in 500 people in the UK alone live with some sort of ostomy. I wanted to create awareness for the different conditions and end the stigma that comes with having an ostomy. My main aim for this blog is to educate individuals and actually allow people who live with it to share their stories and connect with others. Its difficult to live with the stigma that is put on people like myself, so I will continue to perpetuate the stereotypes and turn something negative into positives.

My next post will be an insight on my life and my personal experiences with Crohns disease and living with an ostomy.

My Story

 

Hi, I’m Angelina (Ange for short) and i’m from South Wales. I am the founder of a new brand called Aura Clothing. This brand is inspired through my experiences of living with an ostomy. This blog will mainly be about how Aura Clothing was first developed and how I was inspired to create such a needed product. I’ll talk about my illness and how living with an ostomy affected me from a young age as well as how I managed to finally accept and love myself. The brand itself is in the process of launching so in the meantime I want to share my story with the world and create much needed awareness for individuals with an ostomy.

Aura Clothing is a new brand that focuses on bringing the innovative technical aspects and the finest fabrics to clothing for those living with an ostomy. Its created and developed through my passion of helping others and my experiences of living with an ostomy. My aim is to empower women and support them in feeling confident, sexy and special.

Lets be the change that this world needs.