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JENNINGS, Louisiana (KPLC) -- It's 20 marathons and counting for a Jennings, Louisiana mom, once in the depths of extreme eating disorders and now recovery from a life-threatening digestive disease.

35-year-old Bridget Temple is very careful about what she puts into her body today.

She has to be after a health emergency that almost killed her when she was 15.

"In the past I had been passing red stuff that I didn't know what it was," she said, "I thought it might be blood, but I didn't tell anyone. Then, I was in the mall and I collapsed."

Bridget was rushed to a hospital where doctors explained that she lost half of the blood in her body.

It was then that she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of the digestive tract.

"It's pretty much ulcers that are eating your intestines up and mine were way far gone for medicine to treat," said Bridget.