This morning I got a message from a Facebook follower letting me know that she’d just seen me on The Wright Stuff!
I popped on channel 5 +1 and hit record and saw that in a discussion about whether able bodied people should use accessible toilets, that my open letter was mentioned along with a photo of my big face! How exciting!!
He does stumble of the name, saying IBS then Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I think it’s a genuine slip of the tongue but always good to clarify that there is a difference between IBS and IBD.
Others have commented that he says I sometimes use a colostomy bag, and feel annoyed that this is incorrect.
I used to have an ostomy, I currently have a Jpouch but I’m going back to an ostomy, so it’s fair to say that I have times of using an ostomy bag. I know it could be read as though it’s something you pop on and off but if you think about it, though some ostomies are permanent, others are temporary.
It’s easy to get angry when you feel incorrect terms are used, but this is why it’s so great that we are having these discussions in the media!
A few years ago, this was all SO TABOO! I think things are getting tons better and we are having more conversations. Yes, the correct terms are really important, but let’s educate society on an illness that for so long was secretive!
I tweeted Matthew and he responded telling me his friend has an ostomy and wishing me well with my surgery.
Things are tough when you’re a poo blogger! There are some media outlets who simply don’t have any desire to talk about poo! When people are happy to have the discussion, let’s celebrate and use it as an opportunity to talk shit!
Thank Matthew Wright for sharing my story and getting people talking. If he’d ever like me on the show, I would be more than happy to be #thepoolady and talk shit on TV!