“I like being in that moment where it’s you, the guitar, the music – and the crowd is really into it. My ostomy solution gives me the confidence to play on stage and enjoy it,” he says.
Patrick made the decision to undergo ostomy surgery in 1993 after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in high school. It was a tough decision to make and it took time for him to adapt to the stoma.
“After my surgery, it was a constant battle to manage leakage and find something that would work for me,” he explains. With a prolapsed hernia and a slight indentation where the stoma meets the abdominal wall, it was a process of trial and error before Patrick discovered the products that worked best for him.
“When I started to use SenSura® Convex Light together with a Brava® Moldable Ring, my leakage concerns disappeared almost immediately. The Brava Moldable Ring improved something that was already great and made it better. It’s by far the best fit I’ve ever experienced, with just the right amount of convexity to create a tight seal.”
Now that he has an ostomy solution he can trust, Patrick lives life to the fullest. In addition to his work and band commitments, he loves going skiing and running to stay in shape.
“I now have the confidence to live life without worrying whether there is going to be a leak. Aside from bag changing day, I don’t think about it. It’s simply part of me.”
*Patrick is a SenSura® and Brava® user who has received compensation from Coloplast to provide this information.