There was a kicker back in the '80s I believe who played with a colostomy. That was another great chance for education to the public, but as soon as he was out of the league people kind of forgot him. He kept doing education and fundraising, and I think he is still active in the community. He wrote a fairly sappy book, which I did read, and it was amazing to me that someone with a colostomy could be a professional football player. I don't think he could have played any position other than kicker with the pouch.
Regardless of their profession, I believe it important that the public is learning about about Crohn's and UC from some high profile figures. Considering the number of those affected around the world, especially here in the US, it astounds me how many people have never heard of Corhn's/UC. Colon cancer, GERD, IBS, and other GI disorders have been more publicized, so it is good to see the word getting out on us as well.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.