REBECCA Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has met with people living with a stoma as part of the #BeTheChange campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the needs of ostomates.

Speaking after an event in the Senedd, Rebecca Evans AM said: “Assembly Members had the chance to hear from people from all walks of life who are living with a stoma – but one thing they all had in common was having had experience of discrimination and a lack of understanding about their needs.”

Using disabled toilets is a particular concern. You cannot tell that someone has a stoma, so many ostomates reported having nasty comments from other people when using the disabled facilities.

Keith Thomas (pictured) who lives in Llanelli and is a bus driver in Swansea said: “Hidden disabilities are just that – hidden. It’s time for people to open their eyes, and stop judging others.”

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