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Confidence BE® #BEyourselfie: Ailish

Ailish, 25, had her ileostomy formed following treatment for ulcerative colitis. Here, she shares her experience of using Confidence BE® bags.

“My stoma has turned my health around”

Following a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, doctors tried many different medications to try to help Ailish, but nothing seemed to work, resulting in removal of her colon and an ileostomy. Her recovery was good, but slower than expected due to contracting COVID-19 in hospital. After her surgery, Ailish received lots of support from her boyfriend, family and stoma care nurse, who recommended Confidence BE® Soft Convex when she had problems with her previous stoma bags.

“I can always rely on Confidence BE when I’m working or going out”

Ailish said she is much healthier now and can do everything she used to be able to do before the operation and more. She has also decided to have ‘barbie butt’ surgery in 2022 – which is the permanent closure of the rectum and anus. When she’s not working, Ailish loves going out for dinner with her boyfriend, hanging out with friends and exercising at the gym. Having the bags in different colours lets her wear a variety of clothing and enjoy socialising with friends.

How Confidence BE® helps Ailish...

Ailish wears Confidence BE® Soft Convex in black which she said are very discreet, comfortable and secure, especially at night.


My bag never leaks,I can always rely on them.They have improved my self esteem and my confidence as they are much comfier on my skin and discreet under my clothes. They are also really good for sleeping and being in bed. I’m not one to empty my bag during the night because I’m usually asleep for so long. I don’t have any problems with the filter. They don’t leak. They don’t come off. They stay nicely attached even if I roll over on my belly. Confidence BE® is the best stoma bag I’ve ever used, and I will carry on using them forever.


We would like to say a big thank you to Ailish for sharing her Confidence BE® story with us.

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*This blog post is for informative purposes only. The views and opinions expressed are those of Ailish, the Confidence BE® ​ user, and are in no way influenced by Salts Healthcare.*


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