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Glen Neilson

Convatec and AmcareTM Advocate

Firefighter Glen Neilson, 49, from County Durham, has had an ileostomy for more than 20 years after suffering ulcerative colitis. Here, he discusses stoma technology.


What was life like when you had your stoma created in 2001?

I had just been given the all clear for cancer in my neck when I started having toilet issues. I didn’t seek help straight away as I thought it would go away. I was passing a lot of blood, going to the toilet more than 40 times a day and in constant pain. I was mortified but my stoma saved my life and as the pain subsided, I began to see the other side and things improved.

How did you end up finding the right stoma solution?

My first year was traumatic and I tried different products. I phoned companies, searched online and asked for samples before I began using Convatec products. I couldn’t believe how secure they were and how confident I was in myself that I was not going to get a burst bag.

If you had to recommend it to a friend, what would you say to them?

The Convatec Mouldable Technology™ products are so secure and there is no cutting required. It rolls over and hugs the stoma so it is a secure seal, very comfortable, easy to apply. You forget you have a bag on.

Do not be afraid to try all the products out there because there is a product for everything.

What would your advice be to people experiencing issues with their current stoma solution?

Do not be afraid to try all the products out there because there is a product for everything, whether it is skin irritation or leaks. Ask companies for samples and try them in the security of your own home.

How has your stoma bag improved your life?

In my day-to-day job as a firefighter, I want the strongest bag possible, so that I do not have to worry about it. I have faith in the product, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK with it; the Convatec Mouldable Technology™ gave me my life back.

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