I was absolutely thrilled and blown away to be invited to be a speaker at Experience Barnsley’s International Women’s Day event on 8th March this year at Barnsley Town Hall. It is £2.50 a ticket so if anyone fancies coming to hear me talk about bowels, shit and self esteem I would greatly appreciate the support!
Along with three other amazing speakers I will be doing a talk about my journey with IBD and how this and my ileostomy affect self esteem and body image.
Dr Lorna Warren is a lecturer at the University of Sheffield and is doing a talk on a project called Look at Me which has worked with women in Sheffield to explore representations of women and ageing in the media and to produce new images to challenge existing stereotypes. An amazing project that you can see more about here.
Anne Fay is the head of education at Wallace Collection and her talk on The Beau Monde sounds fantastic.
Author and Lecturer Katie Edwards talk on religion and feminism is one Im really looking forward to.
It is an honour to share a stage with these women and though Im frankly terrified I am hoping to deliver a speech that will explain both the physical, emotional and mental affects of illness and surgery on female body image. Ill be discussing how I dealt with the last ten years of ulcerative colitis and then my operation and how positivity has played a huge role in dealing with the emotional side of living with a stoma.
I talk about poo A LOT on this blog and the thought of talking shit to a room full of people is both amusing and scary. In September when I lay in HDU at the Northern General in Sheffield covered in tubes, with my arms full of canulas and feeling so weak that I couldn’t lift my head, I never dreamed that six months later I would be standing in Barnsley Town Hall being a speaker for Yorkshire women.
Thanks so much for the support of all you people who regularly read my blog, Facebook and twitter. Being part of International Women’s Day is an absolute dream come true and I just hope I do you all proud.