My Story


My name’s Tom Underwood and I’ve set up Tom’s Gut Reaction to try and normalise ostomy perceptions within mainstream life and demonstrate that you can continue to do anything you want and feel good, despite the challenges. If I can, I aim to support those on their ‘no colon’ journey and get involved in real world action and volunteering with Crohn’s & Colitis UK. I will do my best to inform and occasionally maybe even entertain about a tricky topic and condition.
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors” – Good things can happen out of all sorts of unexpected circumstances, including this.

My history with Ulcerative Colitis

My journey with IBD dates back to 2010 when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis out of the blue and became very ill very quickly, resulting in an emergency Total Colectomy.

Since then, I have had a jpouch that behaved itself for six good years before it decided to fail on me. The nature of the problem was an inability to fully empty the pouch which had a profound impact on the quality of my life. And despite trying to rescue it with a major jpouch reconstruction surgery in 2017, it still didn’t work properly.

So in October 2018 I had permanent ostomy surgery which (believe it or not!) was welcome given the circumstances as I know I can once again become fully fit, active and healthy and live life to the full.

On a personal note, I’m 35, live in Leeds in the UK and am engaged to be married to my girlfriend Naomi next year. But there’s plenty of time to find out more about me. Thanks for visiting and I hope to be of some kind of help to you in your journey with no colon.

Tom Underwood

6 comments on this article

  1. Hi Tom We are based in LS14. Just give us a call to let us know when you might call in. The address is Kavendor Ltd, Woodlands Complex, Stanks LAne South, LS14 5LN We’d love to meet you. Also we are looking for guest bloggers for our website (one guest blogger per month), this year is now full but from Jan next year is free.

  2. HI Tom
    I am the owner of Comfizz ostomy support wear company and would love to share your blog on our social media if I have your permission to do that. I think it’s always good to direct people to blogs that they might relate to & enjoy reading. Thanks Lorraine PS We are also based in Leeds so feel free to come and see us.

    1. Hi Lorraine, I have actually used the comfizz waistbands before and find them essential wear, they really make a big difference! Of course, please feel free to share my website, I’m on FB and Instagram too where you can find me at ‘Tom’s Gut Reaction’. If you’re based in Leeds I’d be happy to drop by and say hello – where in Leeds are you based?

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