meplus-ret-tm.png community

Derek Vine

- Classical singer

Derek Vine describes himself as "much easier to live with" since his colostomy surgery in 2004. Prior to that he had experienced recurring digestive pains since his teens, which were attributed to possible IBS.

Whilst on holiday Derek collapsed and was rushed to hospital with a perforated bowel and had a Hartman’s procedure to create his stoma. Derek says "apparently it was caught just in time and after about three months convalescence I was fit enough to return to work. This was a delight. The debilitating ‘IBS’ had gone from that moment and right up to the present day. Almost overnight all the stress of living with a weak and sensitive digestive system dissolved into history."

At 68 years young Derek is a retired carpenter, although acknowledges "in truth, we carpenters never actually retire, we just no longer get paid for what we do", and lives in East Sussex with his wife Linda of 36 years, who is a retired chiropodist. He says that his colostomy operation was "liberating and has undoubtedly improved my quality of life, and to a certain extent, the lives of my ‘nearest and dearest’. As I am now retired, I can concentrate my waking hours on more important issues, such as my new grandson Oliver."

Derek is also a classical singer and in 1993 built and paddled a 17ft craft across the Atlantic.

meplus-ret-tm.png
With me+you can get back to doing all the things that make you, you.

When you enroll in me+™, you get all of the valuable resources and support you need right at your fingertips - from a dedicated team of stoma care nurses and specialists to information on product, lifestyle and diet. You don't have to figure it out alone. Join today and let us help you get back to doing the things that make you, you.

Cookies are needed for this website to work optimally. They also help us to know a little bit about how you use our website, which improves the browsing experience.  Cookies on this site are used for traffic measurement and optimisation of page content only. By continuing to browse on this website, you indicate your consent to the use of cookies.  You may block the use of cookies by following the "How to block and avoid cookies" instructions

Learn more about our Cookie policy