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So what is social exclusion and how does it relate to people living with a stoma.
Social exclusion can be defined as ‘The exclusion of part of society from ‘any of the social, economic, political and cultural systems which determine the social integration of a person in society’
Our research shows that for many people living with a stoma in the UK a combination of a lack of suitable toilet facilities, and lack of awareness limits their ability to do many of the things that much of society will take for granted, leading to them feeling socially excluded.
A stoma is an opening on the surface of the abdomen which has been surgically created to divert the flow of faeces or urine. People who have had stoma surgery are sometimes known as ‘ostomates’.
It is now estimated that 1 in 335 people in the UK are currently living with a stoma.
Individuals of all ages can have a stoma. Stoma surgery is undertaken to treat a range of illnesses including cancer, diverticulitis and Crohn’s disease or following a trauma to the abdomen.
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Artist Tracey Emin shares her experiences of living with a stoma and attitudes in society.
Lindsay explains how her negative experiences have driven her to campaign for change
Graeme tells us why he joined our Stoma Friendly toilets campaign and why YOU should get involved.
Rachel explains why she’s so passionate about campaigning for Stoma Friendly toilets in Scotland
Lyn tells the BBC that more needs to be done to make the city “stoma friendly” after her confidence was knocked by a recent shopping trip.