Danielle Gulden and Joe Teeters are IBD warriors and permanent ileostomates. They’re comedians, speakers, advocates and Two Best Friends without Buttholes!
Danielle has had Ulcerative Colitis for over twenty-nine years. After going through about every IBD medication available, going to the bathroom twenty to twenty-five times per day, and having a toilet installed in her car, she finally kicked her diseased colon to the curb in 2007. Upon high-fiving every nurse, doctor, and surgeon on the way to the operating room, she had a full proctocolectomy with end ileostomy. Her ostomy (and her stoma named Stella) saved her life and gave her back her life!
Joe has been living with Crohn’s Disease for over twenty-nine years. Like Danielle, he has run the gamut of medical treatments and medications. He has had a total of four intestinal surgeries and two resections. In 2012, he underwent a total proctocolectomy with end ileostomy. That surgery landed him a spot alongside Danielle in the “Barbie Butt” Club! What’s that you ask? Two cheeks, no hole, that butt is just for show! Due to Joe’s extensive surgeries, he has lost all but approximately five feet of his small intestine and has Short Bowel Syndrome.
Joe and Danielle met through an ostomy support group and realized that they not only had a similar health journey but also shared the same sense of humour and a positive outlook on life. They became best friends, and soon after, Double Baggin’ It was born! DBI is their vehicle to spread awareness and advocate for patients living with inflammatory bowel diseases and ostomies.
Danielle and Joe use their humour, wisdom, and stories to connect with and support other people living with ostomies and Inflammatory Bowel Disease! They believe in the power of humour, advocacy and awareness!
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