The Travis Stork Show: Overcoming Life Obstacles with YouTube Sensation Rebecca Zamalo

The Doctors

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork is joined YouTube sensation Rebecca Zamalo, who shares how she copes with the struggles of ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and having her colon removed.

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Rebecca, who documented her health challenges in the documentary, "Inside/Out: My Battle With IBD," and Travis discuss how running, eating healthy and meditation have been vital in managing her ongoing health issues and she shares an inspiring message to others looking to follow their dreams, find happiness, and deal with their own struggles.

She also opens up about how her health impacted her marriage and how her husband Matt was a rock of support during the most difficult moments, which included years of going to the bathroom up to 50 times a day and needing help changing her ostomy bag. Rebecca says Matt's support never wavered and he was always there for her.

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"We're a team and we're in this together," she says, explaining how they coped as a couple following her surgeries and how it changed her daily life. "When it's like, 'This person will either die, or this is what it is... you don't have time to be like, 'Ew' or 'This is gross'... we were just trying to survive... you'd be surprised what people can do when they have to."

In addition to her husband's support, Rebecca shares she learned a great deal from the online communities which helped her navigate life without a colon. She says her day-to-day life was improved with the tips and suggestions shared by others who had undergone the same surgery and they were things she was never told in the hospital following her life-saving surgery.

Listen to the entire episode of The Travis Stork Show with Rebecca and hear more on how her commitment to exercise -- specifically running -- helps to center her and inspire some of her best ideas.

 

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