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Tidings Issue 38 now online!

Aug 5, 2015

The latest issue of Tidings, the UK’s highly respected quarterly magazine for colostomates, is now online. This season’s edition features many great articles and stories, including that of Davina and how she recovered from the toughest period of her life…

But I Can't Talk About It...

Tim Harvey is a 55 year old man with a very active lifestyle. He currently works as a highway officer in one of the busiest stretches of the M25 and is often first on the scene of many incidents and accidents.  Tim lives with his devoted wife Carol and they have one son.  

Tim is also an amazing portrait artist which is one of his many hobbies. Tim describes his quality of life now as “very good” but this hasn’t always been the case as there have been many dark times when Tim questioned whether he wanted to live at all.

Tim remembers bedwetting as a young child and being made to feel dirty, often being made to wear a nappy once home from school. As Tim got older the frequency of his bedwetting increased so that at the age of 20 he was afraid to go to sleep, drinking copious amounts of coffee to stay awake at work even though he was aware that coffee exacerbated the problem.

It is hard to comprehend, but nocturnal incontinence continued for 10 years and to make matters worse Tim started to become incontinent of urine during the daytime also. He reached an all-time low when on one particular day he experienced five accidents, including once in front of a member of the public on the motorway.  By this time Tim was married and working as a highway traffic officer.  

There was obviously an underlying medical cause for his symptoms.  One has to wonder whether Tim's shame at bedwetting as a child stopped him seeking help sooner but after three attempts Tim finally found a female GP who understood and a referral was made to a Urology Consultant. 

Also in this issue:

What Should I Eat? - Dietitian, Sophie Medlin, answers your questions and queries about food.
Four Years On - Four years ago, Faye Jones featured in Tidings magazine. In the latest issue, Faye updates us on what has happened since.
Employment Rights - Jo Moseley explains your rights for returning to work as an ostomate
You can find the latest edition of Tidings available online here.
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