Say hello to our Patient Coach, Kristen Cosner! Kristen is one of our brightest and most engaging Patient Coaches and she would love to support as many patients out there! She strives to be a shining light even in the darkest times that some ostomates may face! To find out how to contact Kristen and how to become part of the Patient Coaches program please visit: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Music: &

When I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in March 2016 at the age of twenty-one, I had no idea just how much my life would change over the next two years.

Two years, many failed medications, and four surgeries later, I am now living with a permanent ileostomy after the removal of my J-Pouch in September 2017. I am a recent graduate of West Virginia University’s Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications program, which I began from a hospital bed the day before my life-saving colectomy in August 2016. Although it has been a long, hard journey, I am incredibly thankful for the selfless individuals that I have met along the way and the invaluable life lessons that I have learned.

In 2017, I began chronicling my journey of having Inflammatory Bowel Disease on my blog and Instagram, “Kristen’s Chronicles.” This is where I have had the opportunity to connect with patients and their families all over the world. I am incredibly excited to join the 11 Health family and continue to help patients through these challenging and often life-changing times.

I currently live in West Virginia with my family and fur babies. I love all things outdoors! If I’m not kayaking on the lake, you will find me sitting outside, writing, or drawing.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is more than a physical battle; it is a mental and emotion battle too. I am incredibly passionate about helping patients through every aspect of their recovery. No matter how dark it may get, the light always find its way.