So, how did it all start?

In April 1998, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (a bowel disease) and by November, underwent life-saving surgery. This resulted in the removal of my colon and appendix and the formation of a stoma. Having a stoma meant expelling stool into a plastic bag located on my abdomen. It was expected that I would be on medication for the rest of my life. Ulcerative Colitis – surgery – a stoma – medication! This couldn’t be happening, but it was.  This was a tragedy and bad news and what followed was a rollercoaster of depression and alcoholism.

However, the good news was – this was the start of a healthier and happier life! I managed the unfamiliar, unpredictable and unwanted challenges, and became an author. In my book ‘Then Life Took Control: A Journal from Sickness to Wellbeing’ you will read the small changes made that drastically improved my health. I share my story and what I done – to inspire and motivate you to a healthier and happier life.

More good news! Through my sickness and wellbeing – I discovered painting and Nature Inspired Arts was born. I share my art and their stories to encourage change that will enhance your health and wellbeing.