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Cormac Allen

- Cyclist and sci-fi fan

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"At times it can be mentally and physical testing, but the positives outweigh the negatives tenfold. Its great!"

Cormac Allen was 38 when he had his ileostomy formed. He had suffered with ulcerative colitis (UC) since he was in his teens and at a routine scope in 2014 he was advised that he had a T3M0N0 tumour in his colon and that removal was the best way of both getting rid of the cancer and the UC. Working now as a Chartered Structural Engineer for a small construction consultancy firm in Tullamore, Ireland, Cormac says living with a stoma is “not anyway restrictive, it can be life enabling in so many ways. I wish I had my surgery years ago.” Cormac sees himself as “a very positive person and I feel that having a stoma, although some might think it is a very severe reaction to certain conditions, was the right choice for me. My life has changed for the better because of my stoma and I want to help where I can, others who are having difficulty in getting on in a positive manner with their new life with a stoma.”

Cormac lives in Ireland with his partner Anne Marie, their daughter Caoimhe and his three bicycles (“you could say I like to cycle!”). Even when he was ill with UC and had a low iron count, he could still manage a 100km cycle. Cormac is also a big sci-fi fan much to the embarrassment of his partner – “I’m tempted to learn Klingon” ;)

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