My name is Brooke and I am a public relations and social media professional living in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
After overcoming life changing health challenges in my twenties, I wanted to create a blog that not only outlined my work, but my daily life living with ulcerative colitis, an ostomy and a jpouch. I know there are many young people out there just like me, learning to live their life as normal as possible after battling a chronic illness; especially Inflammatory Bowel Disease. They aren’t fun to talk about and are very painful to live with. I have changed my life completely in order to manage my disease and my new body.
After having 3 reconstructive surgeries and having my colon removed and my jpouch connected in order to improve my health and way of life, I realize now how blessed I am to be able to continue on and have a successful career and an amazing family of my own some day. I have and will never let my disease or any past hardships stand in the way of me being the best person I can be professionally and personally. With each day that passes my health gets better and better and it gives me so much hope for how bright my future can be.
I have had a lot of help and support from my loving friends, family and colleagues and continue to fight everyday to make sure that awareness is being spread about Crohn’s and colitis. I hope to help others like me find inspiration from my writing and different strategies I have tried to help make life a little easier.
I am also the founder and editor-in-chief of Companion Magazine for IBD. I started Companion in hopes that others living with IBD might find some support, guidance and fun in reading a publication that they can relate to and lean on. You can check out all current issues of Companion here.
I am always open to answer any questions anyone might have about anything. If you would like to know more about me or about life with UC, ostomies, jpouches or Companion Magazine, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you would like to learn more about my professional experience as a public relations, writer, and digital media extraordinaire, you can go to my LinkedIn page where you can view my resume and my professional experiences at www.linkedin.com/in/brookebogdan/
You can also follow me on twitter @brklynbouncer and on instagram @brklynbouncer.