In our continuing series of patient stories, we would like to introduce you to Joshua L, diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at age 23.

Dear 11 health
My name is Joshua L. and Crohn’s Disease has welcomed me with open arms.

Here is my story. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s at the age of 23. I can remember the moment. I went to use the restroom and I was in pain like nothing I had ever felt before. The countless colonoscopies, 14 different medications tried, blood work nothing could get my symptoms under control. I can remember the utter panic of simply having to know where a restroom was no matter where I was and wondering whether I would make it in time. I thought this was how simply life was going to be and I had come to terms with that.

Now, 15 years later I began multiple surgeries in hopes of having a better quality of life. From 2011-2014 I’ve had my colon, rectum and rectal stump removed and have an ileostomy. During the last surgery when I was having my rectal stump removed I developed an infection at the surgical site. After the infection was cleaned out I had to heal naturally from the inside out. This left an 8 cm deep wound that had to be packed daily by a home health care nurse in order to heal.

A lot of life changing moments of weighing 100 lbs to now a healthy weight of 195 lbs. From the days of being moved to a rehabilitation center for three months after the colon and rectum were removed because I was too weak to go home. To the bouts of dehydration when learning to care for the stoma with hospital stays. Through all of this now my quality of is 1000x improved! Currently, no medication is taken and I can eat whatever I want.

I have a passion to help others who are going through similar experiences that I have gone through. I want to make a difference in other people’s lives. We need to erase the stigma and shame surrounding sometimes how people with ostomies feel. It’s ok to have one after all it saved my life!

Sincerely,
Joshua L

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Hi I’m Nathan and am working at 11 Health and Technologies on the social media and marketing side of the business. Our CEO Michael Seres told me two days before the meeting that I was going up to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator presentations. It was my first proper meeting without the CEO being there, I was quite overwhelmed yet excited. Prior to this I had worked with the company at the Wound Ostomy Continence Meeting held in the beautiful city of Montreal this past June.charles-4
I met Charles Spicer, our Chairman, at Westminster station and we walked to St Thomas’ while chatting about general life and each of our responsibilities at 11 Health.
We were the first at the meeting so other companies starting congregating around us. Charles and I had multiple conversations mainly about our ostom-i™ Alert Sensor, explaining the benefit around it reducing readmissions and preventing dehydration.

We started to set up the pop-up banner and place teddy bears, pens and leaflets on the stand we were given. Charles walked around to get an idea of the different companies and where we stood in comparison. Once all the doctors and nurses started congregating in the meeting room where we were placed both Charles are I started explaining how our device works. I was mainly speaking about how it is used and the benefits of the device, however more people were interested in the fact I am Michael’s son and therefore wanted to hear about his story and the idea that 11 Health is a patient lead company.
We both managed to network and Charles made some very interesting contacts to help in the future.
Overall I would say the meeting was very useful. I believe if the meeting was longer more people would have been interested in the company as a whole and we would have had a more detailed chance to chat but it was a great first meeting for me at 11 Health.