Stoma Bag Covers – A Confidence Booster for Ostomates

Deborah's bid to help a friend resulted in a business.

Originally published on: September 21st, 2021.

When Deborah decided to help boost a friend’s confidence after undergoing stoma surgery, she didn’t realise that it would become a successful business selling stoma bag covers.Here Deborah tells us her story.

Tell us the story of what led you to setting up your stoma cover business?

Stoma Bags By Deborah Jane
Stoma Bags By Deborah Jane

A close friend of mine suffers from Ulcerative Colitis. A couple of years ago she underwent surgery which resulted in a stoma bag. Lauren was 27, about to get married, and found that the stoma bag had a real impact on her confidence. In an attempt to make her feel a bit more confident, I decided to play around on my sewing machine and came up with a bag cover (using the material from one of my daughter’s old dresses!).

From that first bag cover, Lauren and I worked together at perfecting the design and wearability, and then ‘By Deborah Jane’ was formed. Now I offer bag covers in a range of shapes and sizes and even do bespoke ones. These are available in a variety of beautiful cotton prints.

How do you think stoma covers help ostomates?

I think it’s really important for ostomates to have accessories that can bolster their confidence. The bag covers also help to reduce any discomfort on the surrounding skin. This is especially true in warmer weather.

What does your friend think of your business?

This response is directly from Lauren –

When I had my surgery, I was initially unaware of stoma covers. When I did look into this, I was really disappointed with the choice available. As my surgery was just 7 weeks before my wedding, a helpful nurse suggested an elastic support band but as this was only available in beige, white or black, it left me feeling uncomfortable and unattractive.

这是在黛博拉创办公司之前。造口罩使我的造口包感觉像一个我有艺术控制的配件。我喜欢黛博拉产品的质量,当我穿上它的时候,我觉得自己真的很漂亮。它们也非常舒适,这对周围的皮肤有很大的影响。

当我和新造口者或年轻造口者的亲戚朋友交谈时,我仍然感到悲伤,因为他们不知道还有什么“非医学”的选择,比如黛博拉漂亮的造口盖。

Did you have any previous experience with haberdashery/ dressmaking?

I’ve always enjoyed sewing and have made a few clothes for my daughters and myself.

How important do you think it is to offer practical support to friends with a chronic illness?

It is so important to me to be able to offer practical support to friends. I cannot take their illness away, but what I can do is try to make life a little easier or more enjoyable for them.

What advice would you give to someone who has a friend/family member in the same situation?

温柔地发现你的朋友需要什么,它可能不是你认为他们需要的。即使你发现他们的处境令人不安或困难,也不要退缩,给他们全力的支持和倾听。

Further Information

You can find Deborah’s stoma bag designs in herEtsy shoponline or you can email Deborah[email protected]. Find her on Instagram @by_deborah_jane

You can find more information aboutUlcerative Colitisand having stoma surgery in ourStoma Hub,关于造口袋的信息,造口手术后的预期和更多。