Here is the story of Jake Diekman's battle with ulcerative colitis, which began when he was ten years old. This off-season, he had surgery that will cost him the first half of the season, but greatly improve his quality of life.

In this video, Jake and his fiancée Amanda tell the story of the flareup that caused Jake to require surgery, and how the Gut it Out T-Shirts came to be.

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