Dylan's chronic condition comes from an abnormal response from his body's immune system. It causes excruciating pain, with frequent trips to the washroom creating great embarrassment. In practical terms, it has influenced every aspect of his life, leading him to quit hockey, miss field trips, and decline invites to social outings.
At the end of my first year in the OHL, I was drafted in the first round in the National Hockey League (NHL) draft, eighth overall by the Montreal Canadiens. Years before all of that, at the age of 15, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I was determined to not let ulcerative colitis stop me from realizing my dream of becoming a professional hockey player.
Fecal therapy is here to stay. With the number of options to treat acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders shrinking, a means to not only treat but also cure cannot be disregarded. People may never get used to the smell of fecal microbiota therapy, but I know they'll definitely get used to the benefits. Let's rePOOPulate.