Gaylyn was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in November of 1998. In 2008 she received a temporary ileostomy and in 2011 it was made permanent. For over a decade it has been a never ending roller coaster of feelings and emotions, learning to cope with and accept living with a chronic illness.
Despite life’s struggles, Gaylyn graduated from Benedict College Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and from the University of South Carolina Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Public Health.
Gaylyn will serve as the Ostomy and Fashion Advisor for Companion IBD. Gaylyn has her own blog at GutlessandGlamorous.org. Gaylyn aims to make a difference and improve the lives of others dealing with not only IBD but others living with an ostomy. Her aim is to encourage young women and men to embrace their ostomy through her blog and now with Companion IBD.