Entrepreneur, Retired Professional Hockey Player
Shayne Corson is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for a number of teams, including the Montreal Canadians, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars. At the age of 15, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation and sores in the inner lining of the large intestine, including the colon and rectum. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis, which can include bloody diarrhea, mild fever, abdominal pains and cramps, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss and pain and swelling in the joints, sometimes caused Shayne to miss practices throughout his junior and professional hockey career. Today, Shayne is living well with ulcerative colitis and is sharing his story to raise awareness and to help improve the lives of other Canadians living with this life-long disease.
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.
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