https://www.healthcentral.com/article/nfl-player-rolf-benirschke-ostomy-awareness
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The First Athlete to Open Up About Living With an Ostomy Tackles Stigma for Others

Rolf Benirschke kicking game winner in 1981.
Rolf Benirschke
    Rolf Benirschke.
    Rolf Benirschke
    "One of the biggest guys on the team came up and shared that his mother had an ostomy, and I remember him saying, 'Man, you’ve got guts to keep playing,' to which I tried to lighten the situation by saying, 'Well, not as many guts as I used to have.'" — Rolf Benirschke
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    Rolf Benirschke
    Jackie Zimmerman

    Jackie Zimmerman

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    Jackie Zimmerman is a multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis patient and the founder of Girls With Guts. Since diagnosis, she has blogged her IBD journey at Blood, Poop, and Tears. Jackie has worked hard to become a strong voice in the patient advocacy community. In her free time (what free time?!) she spends time with her two rescue pups, her husband Adam and plays roller derby. She’s online @JackieZimm.