Double Baggin’ It

Patient Leader

Double Baggin’ It - Danielle Gulden and Joe Teeters are IBD warriors and permanent ileostomates. They’re comedians, speakers, advocates and Two Best Friends without Buttholes! Danielle has had Ulcerative Colitis for over twenty-six years. After going through about every IBD medication available, going to the bathroom twenty to twenty-five times per day, and having a toilet installed in her car, she finally kicked her diseased colon to the curb in 2007. Upon high-fiving every nurse, doctor, and surgeon on the way to the operating room, she had a full proctocolectomy with end ileostomy. Her ostomy (and her stoma named Stella) saved her life and gave her back her life! Joe has been living with Crohn’s Disease for over twenty-six years. Like Danielle, he has run the gamut of medical treatments and medications. He has had a total of three intestinal surgeries and two resections. For the last surgery in 2012, he underwent a total proctocolectomy with end ileostomy. His last surgery landed him a spot alongside Danielle in the “Barbie Butt” Club! What’s that you ask? Two cheeks, no hole, that butt is just for show! Due to Joe’s extensive surgeries, he has lost all but approximately five feet of his small intestine and has Short Bowel Syndrome. Joe and Danielle met through an ostomy support group and realized that they not only had a similar health journey, but also shared the same sense of humor and positive outlook on life. They became best friends, and soon after, Double Baggin’ It was born! DBI is their vehicle to spread awareness and advocate for patients living with inflammatory bowel diseases and ostomies. Danielle and Joe use their humor, wisdom, and stories to connect with and support other people living with ostomies and Inflammatory Bowel Disease! They believe in the power of humor, advocacy and awareness!

Location

Columbus, OH

Finalist

Hilarious Patient Leader Best Kept Secret

Joe and Danielle rock!  — george

Danielle and Joe are two of the best patient leaders and advocates we know for IBD and ostomy related needs. They are doing amazing work and we absolutely adore them!  — Rachel

I’m nominating Danielle AND Joe - Double Baggin It for Hilarious Patient Leader(s) award. They advocate for and bring awareness of ostomies and IBD through funny stories, improv and funny social media (with a touch of seriousness). They help so many patients and caregivers! They bring joy and laughter to serious health conditions!  — Lauren

As "Double Baggin It", Danielle and Joe use their humor to advocate and educate about Crohn's and Colitis and the effects of their Ostomy's on their lives. Their positive, messages and skits , though funny, are powerful messages of education and support for others that are dealing with these diseases. They have even taken their message to Congress.  — John

Past Awards Participation

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Finalist

Hilarious Patient Leader

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Hilarious Patient Leader
Double Baggin’ It

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