Rachel Jury is a 30-year-old patient advocate who lives in Bournemouth, England. She is from Bridgend and studied at Cardiff University in 2008. Her blog, Rocking2Stomas was created last year with a mission to raise awareness about ostomies.
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.
We came across this post on Rachel’s Facebook page about a totally surprising and uplifting chance meeting. Although disappointed that her long-time dentist was moving, she found a new dentist and it turned out to be an ostomy connection that she never expected.
We were even more surprised to find out he's a brand new ostomate. Rachel explained, "Can you believe he had emergency surgery 2 weeks ago and is back to work already. His attitude so early on is amazing. His younger brother had a stoma as a baby, so he knew about bags."
It just goes to show, you never know who has an ostomy unless they tell you. And when something doesn’t go as you planned, embrace the change because you never know what exciting things may come your way.