He was down, but never out.
Meet 33-year-old Blake Beckford. The former bodybuilder was forced to give up his career after he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes irritation in the lining of the rectum and colon.
Blake was about to compete in a bodybuilding competition when he was delivered the awful news.
For 10 years, the doctor’s office became his second home. He took several different medications and was forced to give up his strict exercise routine.
Last October, his health took a turn for the worse when he needed surgery and had his entire colon removed. And that’s when he was fitted with a colostomy bag as an alternative way for the father-of-one to pass feces.
Physicians told him he’d never be able to train at the level he once used to.
“They said to start lifting weights and training to be a physique model would be very unattainable and unlikely,” he says. “I was warned there was a risk of hernias and other problems.”
But guess what? He proved them wrong.
His journey began last January. Six months later, he gained an incredible amount of muscle and just appeared in Men’s Fitness.
Today, he’s a personal trainer who — like this aspiring model — wants to inspire others with the same disease not to be ashamed of his/her colostomy bags.
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