Artist Tracey Emin posted an Instagram photo of her stoma to raise awareness for living with bladder cancer
Tracey Emin shared a graphic picture of her stoma to help raise awareness about people with disabilities after her battle with cancer.
On Wednesday, the 58-year old artist shared a photo of her Stoma Pouch on Instagram with her followers.
After being diagnosed with an aggressive form bladder cancer in the lockdown, she underwent major operations in 2020.
Tracey had parts removed from her bladder, her urethra, and lymph nodes. Also bits of her intestines and vagina were taken out to stop the tumour spreading.
According to Instagram users, she was fitted a stoma pocket – an ab opening on the abdomen – that allows urine to flow out and be disposed off via a bag called a urostomy.
Tracey also posted an image on Instagram. “This is my stoma. Most people have never seen one. It’s something I’m supposed to hide forever.
“It is a part of my intestinal wall that attaches to my outside. It is essential for me to live.”
She continued: “[It’s]Live flesh. Fragile and fragile. Surround by scar tissue, swollen fatty flesh and puffy fatty skin.
“I have almost total muscle wastage in my core abdomen, stomach. My body will never be the same.
“To be honest, I find the bag very depressing. Nothing cool about carrying a bag of p*** around with you.
“But it’s life.. my life now. Many disabilities can not be seen. But I thought I’d show you mine.”
Tracey, who was diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer in May 2013, revealed that she needed to have half of her vagina removed.
When she explained what happened during surgery, she appeared on BBC’s Woman’s Hour With Emma Barnett
“It was unbelievable. It all happened within three weeks. The whole finding out – the diagnosis, the prognosis and the surgery. It was pretty phenomenal,”She spoke.
The artist continued: “I had my bladder removed. I had my uterus removed. My fallopian tubes, my urethra, part of my intestine. My lymph nodes and half of my vagina.”
Tracey confessed that she wasn’t sure how to react when she was told by the surgeon what she would have to remove.
“It was quite funny,”Emma was told by her. “When the surgeon was telling me what I was going to have removed, and he said my urethra, I said: ‘You’re joking aren’t you? Please tell me there’s nothing else’.
“He says, “Actually, there’s.” Your vagina’. It was funny, actually. I thought I was brave, but I don’t remember.”
She added she is ‘happy to have her life back’ following the procedure.
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