“I always admired people who were able to achieve their dreams despite health problems they had on their path.”
After last knee surgery and rehab that followed in 2012/13 season i got diagnosed with Chron disease last October just after i came back from filming in Chile.
“Crohn’s disease, also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), vomiting, or weight loss,but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.”
Have you ever lived with pain everyday? And did sports activites meanwhile? So you know how i felt for the past 2-3 years. Everyone has problems and each person has to deal with them as good as they can.
“My cure to threat Chron is and was a sport.”
When i was in Indonesia i woke up every morning, hardly getting out of the bed and limping to the porch to check out the surf. Chron got into the bones, muscles and tendoms and basically ruined the balance. I ate painkillers every day till i ran out of Tramadols, Ibuprofens etc. But soon as i got into the water and paddled to the peak i felt stronger, better.
I came home and was hardly recognised by friends since i lost on weight, muscle strenght,… It never felt better when i felt the cold again. I like it when there is less than 20degrees. Doctors prescribed medicines that are supposed to help me to achieve the remission. But no drug cures my Chron better than sport.
“It is 6am in the morning and i’ve been up for almost 2 hours. Hardly moving but knowing that my friends are picking me up to go skiing. I take out the gear and leave. My body already feels better. Soon as i clip into the bindings the pain is gone and energy explodes from i don’t know where. It feels good. I feel good. Until i go to sleep again and wake up the next morning.”
This weekend i made it into the finals in big air competition in Ischgl. I haven’t been on skis since August in New Zealand so everything was kinda strange, but felt awesome. Austrian, German and Slovenian guys were killing it and soon as i got into the finals i knew that i will have to either step up the game and risk to get maybe to 6-8th place or just let it go and seize the moment. I decided to send that cork5 to the bottom and i must say i have never enjoyed the moment in the air more than this Saturday. It was so cool that i met my buddies again and that i got to shred with my home boys knowing that the season has just started and those moments will still be coming until May.
I give thanks to all that help me getting through and am sending positive vibes to anyone who suffers from any kind of disease or injury. I think there is nothing that sport can not cure.