Sailing through life thanks to Aura Flushable

Trevor’s travels: Finding a new normal

This is Trevor, who lives with his wife near Portsmouth. A keen traveller since his time spent serving in the RAF, it’s clear that his passion for exploring only increases when it’s via a boat!

Trevor knows first-hand the impact that bowel cancer can have. Following his diagnosis in 2004, he was given the news that his treatment plan would include an operation to remove his bowel. As many others in this situation would empathise with, learning to live with a stoma was a struggle initially.

Trevor – Flushable freedom advocate.

A stoma is an opening on the surface of the abdomen which has been surgically created to divert bodily waste into an external colostomy pouch. It is estimated that 13,000 people undergo stoma surgery each year, with almost 1 in 500 people in the UK currently living with a stoma. 1

Trevor never felt completely comfortable with his original colostomy pouches. His life changed when he discovered the Aura Flushable pouches at a Colostomy UK Open Day and learned they were available on prescription. 

Aura Flushable is unique because, unlike other colostomy pouches, the inner liner and waste can be simply flushed down the toilet, suddenly making Trevor’s life easier!

“With the old pouch, it started impinging on your freedom and feelings,” says Trevor, “the flushables just feel much more natural. You’re using the toilet like everyone else does.”

Now living by the mantra of ‘nothing’s going to stop me’, Trevor’s travels are taking him even further around the world.

After over 30 years of practice voyages, in June 2015 he and his wife heard their biggest ‘Bon Voyage’ yet and set sail for the seas with the adventure of a lifetime on the horizon. This involved tackling 165 miles between France and Spain – and, with the help of the Aura Flushable pouches, it was all plain sailing. They’re hoping to head even further afield next time! 

“You have to go with the wind, and the tide, and you’re just enjoying the environment you’re in – I don’t have any thoughts about pouches or bags – I just sail.”

Trevor believes that community support is essential during difficult times, and for a time he acted as a Trustee of Colostomy UK. He is a great inspiration and proof that life doesn’t have to be defined by a colostomy. Using Aura Flushable gives him freedom and normality – two factors that can play a key role in leading a fulfilling lifestyle. 

Trevor is one of many to experience the benefits of an Aura Flushable colostomy pouch, to hear the thoughts of all of our Freedom To Be storytellers, visit

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¹ Colostomy UK. What is a stoma? [ONLINE] Available at:  [Accessed March 2018]

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