Fort Lauderdale, FL
Twitter Handle: billy_driscoll
Instagram Handle: billy_driscoll
Digestive Wellness (DW): Tell us a little about yourself.
Billy Driscoll (BD): I'm an FSU alum who wants to see the world. I have loved traveling since 2010, when I took my first trip abroad. Two of my biggest passions in life are to help people and to travel; therefore, I have decided to pursue a career in nursing. Once I have a degree in nursing, I will be a travel nurse for a few years. I am very close to my family, and I have a great group of close friends that I am always with. Without my supportive family and friends, I don't think I could have accomplished most things in my life, especially my digestive disease.
DW: Digestive disease?
BD: Ulcerative colitis
DW: How did you discover you had UC?
BD: After dealing with the symptoms for about a week, my doctor performed a colonoscopy, which allowed my doctors to give me the diagnosis.
W: How old were you when you were diagnosed?
DW: What has helped you manage your disease the best?
BD: Two different medicines
DW: Food you stay away from?
BD: I eat pretty much everything, but try to avoid spicy foods.
DW: Do you exercise? If so, what type(s)?
BD: Yes, I do cardio and weight training. I recently started the workout program Orange Theory.
DW: Favorite food?
BD: French fries
DW: Favorite TV show?
BD: Games of Thrones and The Walking Dead
DW: Guilty pleasure?
BD: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
DW: What is your favorite way to relieve stress?
BD: Go for a run while listening to loud music.
W: Our most important question - what advice would you give someone newly diagnosed?
BD: Even when it feels impossible to live with your disease, remember that it will become possible. You will learn to live with your disease. Do not hesitate to seek help from your peers who have experienced it.