In the midst of preparing for a bodybuilding competition, the news that he had ulcerative colitis—a bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon—couldn’t have struck at a worse time.
Heck, hearing that kind of news anytime would be earth shattering. Forced to get treatments for over a decade, his energy and will were low, leaving him no choice but to give up his dedicated exercise regime. The doctors didn’t have much hope for his future in fitness:
They said to start lifting weights and training to be a physique model would be very unattainable and unlikely.
Beckford’s grueling journey led him to lose around 12kg, his physique fading fast as well as his confidence. Giving up his 2hr gym sessions 6 times a week and instead being bed ridden with an urge to pee 20 times a day, it was a long 10 years that resulted in surgery. He had a sub-total colectomy, meaning his entire colon was removed, before doctors performed an ileostomy, leaving him with a stoma bag visible on his stomach for stools.
I knew it was there and found it hard to accept it for weeks. I found it hard to tell anyone what I had done, the fact I had this bag on my stomach and what it did.
Strong willed and undeterred, as Beckford’s confidence grew through the support of family, friends and social media, so did his strength. By training with care and listening to his body, he was able to defy what the doctors had previously foretold as his future and has achieved his dream. A personal trainer and successful model, Beckford has featured in Men’s Fitness, inspiring people world wide with his story in hopes that his body confidence will encourage others with stoma bags to pursue their dreams. We think he’s a legend!
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