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One Voice Makes A Difference with Janet Swanson

May 30, 2022

Jacob Rich tells about his fight with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and how it affected his life and almost killed him.

I first met Jacob when my son Rhett was in the hospital at Saint Joseph’s in Savannah, Ga. He saw my Fb post and was moved by Rhett’s story and he reached out to Rhett to let him know that everything was going to be ok.

Jacob is living proof that it’s not the end of the world to have an Ileostomy bag, but instead, it saved his life.

For the next few weeks,I want to bring recognition to IBS, UC, Crohn’s, and Auto Immune Disease. Jacob is 26 years old and lives in Griffin, Ga. Jacob enjoys sports and playing music.

He works for insurance companies inspecting roofs. He loves spend time with friends and family and he loves living his best life now! He was diagnosed with Ulcerated Colitis/Crohn’s Disease at the age of 18.

When he was 22, he had a total colectomy and went through a series of surgeries. As he healed, he finally had the surgery where they form a J-Pouch and they actually create a rectum.

The Ileostomy was eventually reversed and now Jacob is living his best life ever. FREE of disease and pain. The surgery didn’t come without a mountain to climb.

On two different occasions, Jacob felt as if he were dying and wasn’t going to pull through. But God was not finished with him. I am inspired by this young man, his strength and his faith in God!

We are so grateful to have him in our lives for such a time as this. I hope you are inspired by his story so share this podcast with a friend!

If you’d like to get in touch with Jacob, you can contact him here: