In this episode, Beth Coldrick shares her journey of living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis for the past 11 years; which included four surgeries during the last two. She is now living with a stoma, raising awareness for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and sharing her story and experiences to help others.
Although she struggled with symptoms for most of her life, she didn’t receive a diagnosis until 2009. Despite being on daily medications and high-strength steroids after being diagnosed, she suffered for another 10 years. In 2019, Beth had her first surgery to remove most of her large bowel and be fitted with a stoma.
During those years, as her IBD worsened, Beth made significant changes to her lifestyle that included moving back home and changing careers. Creating a new path for herself, she used her skills and passion to launch an organic vegan skincare brand in 2018. Since then, and after three more surgeries, she has been able to transform her life. Today, Beth lives her life to the fullest and is thriving with a permanent stoma.
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