In 2009, Brooke Abbott traded in her production notebook for a diaper bag with the birth of her son, Jaxon Lee Coltrane. While navigating through motherhood, Brooke began to tweet about her adventures with her newborn with the hashtag, #CrazyCreoleMommy. The stories behind her tweets and Facebook statuses grew larger than the allotted 140 characters and by 2011, her new life needed it’s own vehicle. In January 2012, The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles were born.
In 2008, Brooke was diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis. Though it was a mild case at diagnosis, the disease rapidly advanced over a period of 4 years. In April 2012, Brooke was given a total colectomy after spending weeks in the hospital fighting a losing battle with her diseased colon. She was given an Ostomy for five months, as a transition into receiving her J-Pouch. She now lives with an internal J-Pouch and her health continues to change for the better. Still without insurance, arthritis, and the inability to work as much as she could before, Brooke advocates for all those with severe and mild cases of Crohn’s & Colitis.
Before her life as a mother, Brooke worked in film and television production and her passion for the arts and filmmaking spread into other adventures such as photography, writing, and acting. With the takeover of motherhood & colitis, Brooke’s work in production halted however, Brooke continues to photograph. Working under the name, bonzaibaby Photography, Brooke has photographed for celebrities such as Holly Robinson Peete, Alfonso Riberio, Valarie Pettiford & Arthel Neville.
Brooke is a single mother of, Jax Lee Coltrane & they currently reside in Los Angeles. Brooke is the creator and blogger for The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles. She owns & operates, The Crazy Creole Mommy Life, Inc. She is an advocate often representing The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America & The Digestive Disease National Coalition on Capitol Hill. She is also a member of the Janssen sponsored, IBD Social Circle. Brooke has written for The Right Start blog, Single Mom Planet, Mommybites, The Toddler Blog, Club MomMe, Mom.Me, Crohn’sDisease.com, Everyday Health and more. Brooke has been featured in The Phoenix Ostomy Magazine, Everyday Health, Crohn’s & Colitis Effect Round Table, US Weekly, LifeScript, LA Parent, Ostomy Connection, Prevention Magazine, A Women’s Health & CCFA.org.