My name is Troy Parsons, I’m a Crohn’s advocate, volunteer, recent graduate (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.
Being a student is hard enough. Balancing a social life while attending university full-time and trying to stay fit, was 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 a relatively hidden 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.” People take one look at me and judge me based on my physical appearance. Often people judge my intelligence based on appearance, think I have no life outside the gym or jump to the conclusion that I take anabolic steroids. 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