The United Colon Vlog
In the summer of 2007, at the age of 21, I was diagnosed with the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis. This disease strikes the colon (in my case the entire organ) and causes uncontrollable and frequent diarrhea, internal scarring and bleeding, weight loss, fatigue, and in general much embarrassment.
Less than a year later I had my colon removed and lived with an ileostomy for six months, an artificial opening to get rid of waste. I now live with a reconstructed rectum, called a J-pouch.
Shortly after my second of three surgeries, in September 2008, I started UCVlog.com, or the United Colon Vlog. UCVlog is a video education site showing what it's like living with IBD, ostomies, and J-pouchs.
Together with my business partner Nadia, diagnosed with Crohn's disease, we have created over 200 videos seen by people all over the world. Our videos have been watched over 1,130,000 times! Select videos are even translated into Catalin, German, Hebrew, Japanese, and Spanish. Videos from others in the IBD community are also highlighted, which helps build awareness of IBD and the online community.
To learn more, check out our network of websites:
Foreign Language Videos
- Catalin YouTube Channel
- German YouTube Channel
- Hebrew YouTube Channel
- Japanese YouTube Channel (hosted by third party)
- Spanish YouTube Channel