In 2007, Rachel contracted Campylobacteriosis from cooked chicken purchased at a supermarket. That resulted in a chain reaction of multiple organ failures which eventually lead to an emergency ileostomy operation to save her life. Years later she had urostomy surgery to remove her bladder and now lives with two ostomies.
She is a 30-year-old patient advocate who lives in Bournemouth, England and studied at Cardiff University in 2008. In January, 2017 she started a website and called Rocking2Stomas to write about her experiences living with two ostomies.
Rachel’s mission is to raise awareness about urostomy surgery by working with the Urostomy Association and other organizations that support ostomates. She is one of our editorial contributors representing the United Kingdom.