My name is Troy Parsons, I’m a Crohn’s advocate, volunteer, Geoscientist (BSc.), Men’s Physique competitor and a fitness blogger with over 10 years of experience from Vancouver Island, Canada.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2009 at the age of 17. This blog is a look into what I deal with on a daily basis.
Working as a young professional is hard enough. But balancing a social life, a chronic illness and a demanding job while trying to stay fit, is a handful. Having a chronic disease makes things very difficult and stressful. The reason I started this blog is to share my story while promoting health, wellness, nutrition, and fitness. I want to show people with my disease what can be possible while pushing the limits of their body and mind even with a debilitating chronic disease.
Yes, I have good days, and sometimes I have bad days, but I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me, it is not the point. I want to increase awareness to an often invisible disease that many people have not heard of before. Most people have no idea I have Crohn’s or what it is. I do a very good job at keeping Crohn’s hidden unless you know me well. It sounds cliché, but “don’t judge a book by its cover.” IBD can look like me and IBD can look like you. People take one look and judge me based on my physical appearance because “I don’t look sick”. I am here to set the record straight and show what is possible with inflammatory bowel disease.
All I can hope for is to make a difference in someone’s life, big or small. My goal is to provide motivation and show what has helped me deal with my unusual situation. If I can do it, you can do it.
Overview of Crohn’s Disease
For those who do not know what Crohn’s is or would like more information please visit www.crohnsandcolitis.ca