We are so excited to welcome Jearlean Taylor, an amazing patient advocate, to the Patient Coaches family! Jearlean is here to be that "listening ear" for ostomy patients as well as encourage other ostomates that there is nothing you can't do! To find out how to contact Jearlean and how to become part of the Patient Coach Program, please visit: www.club11health.com To learn more about Jearlean and find out how she can support you, please visit: www.club11health.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patientcoaches/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoachesPatient Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/patientcoac... Music: www.bensound.com & https://www.free-stock-music.com/

I am Jearlean Taylor from Baltimore, Maryland. At the age of three years old, I developed a rare form of vaginal cancer (Rhabdomysarcoma). Doctors thought I would not live to celebrate my third birthday. Since the age of three years old, I have had two permanent ostomies (colostomy and urostomy). No one could imagine my difficulties, low self-esteem, insecurities, too many surgeries to count, and my problem with loving me. I spent my childhood and most of my adolescent years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York fighting this disease and all that came after. Especially with my ostomy bags. My life was a journey of unexpected turns.

My heart's desire has always been to make a difference in people lives, but there was something internally that was unstable in my life. My mind, body, and soul longed for answers. I had outer beauty, but was suffering on the inside with low self-esteem, pity, and unhappiness. I would say my problem was cancer, but my disease was what I called “Pretty Girl Blues”.

Through my journey and faith, I discovered who I could be in spite of my medical circumstances. My insecurities did not change overnight, but I learned to be a survivor. I am blessed to have my desires, passions, and dreams come true. I have been a fashion model for over nineteen years (yes, with two ostomy bags). I am helping those suffering with low-self-esteem by reaching out, encouraging, uplifting, listening, understanding, and sharing my story. We are not our circumstance. We are overcomers.