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Grahame Howard
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28 Feb 2009
"Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease are serious bowel conditions that affect many people of all ages throughout the world today. This is one man's account of suffering the debilitating UC for 10 years before undergoing stoma surgery for a permanent ileostomy. Pain, humiliation, loss of dignity and anger were all part of the author's life prior to being told he would need surgery for a colostomy. Hardly had this begun to sink in before, the operation was changed to a permanent ileostomy leading to further psychological issues. This is an honest account of how Grahame Howard survived the 10 years of UC and coped with the knowledge that stoma surgery was inevitable. Grahame's Christian faith was the mainstay in his survival and played a big part in his recovery, especially receiving a healing miracle while in hospital. The book is autobiographical in style but also gives the reader tips on what to expect prior to surgery and how to live with a stoma and the many psychological battles attached to this. Grahame says "Life is never easy with bowel conditions and when surgery has to take place in order to survive, it can promote anxiety and frustration as answers are difficult to find." This book is a 'Must Read' for people associated with a stoma but will also encourage people who are undergoing personal life issues. There is a better life out there. It's a matter of finding it. "

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing (28 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905809476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905809479
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have written for many years but during 2009 I was successful in having 3 books published. These are The Wishing Book, The Wishing Book 2 - Return to Mars and my autobiography concerning my struggle in having a stoma formation, All Bagged Up. Since then, The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination has been published too.

The Wishing Book series has been a hit with children all over the place, especially in the USA. There will be a Wishing Book 4 in due course.

I have recently retired so have a little more time to pursue what I love, such as my writing, photography and getting outdoors as much as possible.

Why not check out my website which features all of my books together with a little bit more of myself. My books are all linked back to Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Grahame Howard

www.authorgrahamehoward.co.uk

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Some of the most encouraging words I have received - In reading this story, both Grahame and his wife Hazel show two sides of their journey. The physical course of the illness and the inner journey of the spirit. Sandy Brown, Dorchester, Dorset This sensitively written book is for all people living with a serious bowel condition, their carers and those who want to understand the emotions and inner struggles involved - It is a very honest and brave account from the author's personal experiences with Ulcerative Colitis Annette Day, Dorset

About the Author

In between my career as a church pastor and eventually a social worker, I have been writing for many years. However, it was not until 2009 that I had any success. I have since had four books published, my autobiography which describes my ordeal and advice with suffering from UC and stoma surgery and The Wishing Book series - a children's fantasy series. I am married with 3 grown up children and 5 lovely grandchildren. We live in the beautiful county of Dorset. Having just retired, I am able to spend more time with my family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars About this book - All Bagged Up 11 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease are serious bowel conditions that affect many people of all ages throughout the world today.
This is one man's account of suffering the debilitating UC for 10 years before undergoing stoma surgery for a permanent ileostomy.
Pain, humiliation, loss of dignity and anger were all part of the author's life prior to being told he would need surgery for a colostomy. Hardly had this begun to sink in before, the operation was changed to a permanent ileostomy leading to further psychological issues.

This is an honest account of how Grahame Howard survived the 10 years of UC and coped with the knowledge that stoma surgery was inevitable. Grahame's Christian faith was the mainstay in his survival and played a big part in his recovery, especially receiving a healing miracle while in hospital.

The book is autobiographical in style but also gives the reader tips on what to expect prior to surgery and how to live with a stoma and the many psychological battles attached to this.

Grahame says "Life is never easy with bowel conditions and when surgery has to take place in order to survive, it can promote anxiety and frustration as answers are difficult to find."

This book is a `Must Read' for people associated with a stoma but will also encourage people who are undergoing personal life issues. There is a better life out there. It's a matter of finding it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The value of the written word. 22 Nov 2009
By Sandy
Format:Paperback
Some of the most encouraging words I have received. Grahame reaches out to people he doesn't know as a friend who cares. I know much has gone into this book for so much of God's love, healing and hope comes out of it. In reading this story, both Grahame and his wife Hazel show two sides of their journey.The physical course of the illness and the inner journey of the spirit.
This isn't just a one off read it can be read over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Bagged Up 4 Mar 2009
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This sensitively written book is for all people living with a serious bowel condition, their carers and those who want to understand the emotions and inner struggles involved in working through life changing problems. It is a very honest and brave account from the authors personal experiences with Ulcerative Colitis over a ten year period, ending in his case with stoma surgery. Grahame found very little written on the subject when he needed help most and therefore explains in detail how he and his wife coped with this debilitating illness; the surgery he had to undergo which led to his ileostomy and the struggles he had psychologically before, during and after it. His Christian faith shines through each chapter and he explains how he fought his way back and found a different way of life to live. This book is a refreshing and helpfull account with practical guidance and useful contacts. A 'must' for those seeking more information, and those struggling to find a better life out there. As a carer I can really recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is a better life out there. 6 Mar 2010
By Annette Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This sensitively written book is for all people living with a serious bowel condition, their carers and those who want to understand the emotions and inner struggles involved in working through life changing problems.
It is a very honest and brave account from the authors personal experiences with Ulcerative Colitis over a ten year period ending, in his case, with stoma surgery. Grahame found very little written on the subject when he needed help most and therefore explains in detail how he and his wife coped with this debilitating illness; the surgery he had to undergo which led to his ileostomy and the struggles he had psychologically before, during and after it.
His Christian faith shines through each chapter and he explains how he fought his way back and found a different life to live.
This book is a refreshing and helpful account with practical guidance and useful contacts. A 'must' for those seeking more information, and those struggling to find a better life out there. As a carer I really recommend it.
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