Well.... Hello, I am a 48 year old married Mum of 2 from Lancashire in the UK. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer after emergency surgery for a perforated bowel. A Hartman's procedure was carried out and I was left with what is now a permanent colostomy. Unfortunately due to post operative complications my stoma herniated, with nothing to be done until I am 5 years cancer free. In 2015 and 2016 two further hernias were found on the opposite side of my abdomen. Life can be very difficult due to the herniation however I have experienced a whole spectrum of emotions reading some members stories. I thank you as it can and has certainly put my own circumstances into some sort of perspective. I look forward to contributing to the forum. I would be interested to hear other members who are experiencing or have experienced problems with parastomal hernias.