The medical stuff: I have an ileostomy as of July 2009 and was diagnosed with Crohn's at age 11
So you like bicycling? I've been bicycle obsessed for years. I started racing seriously in 2012, and in just a few short years have upgraded to race in the elite field.
Team: I currently race cyclocross for Down Cycles, and track for Alliance Environmental. I am a recent alumni of Yale Cycling, and prior to that Pitt Cycling.
What do I do? I am a PA, and work in a major university hospital in NYC. I also do some statistical consulting.
Goals for the year: Less seriousness. More fun. More watts!
Favorite color: Most of my clothes and walls are blue.
Pets: I'm a dog person, and have a 14 year old Pit mix named Sharkey.
- I'm afraid of cats.
- People have said that I look like I'm 12, and that I'm intimidating. I understand neither, and am baffled by the combination.
- I can't stay still unless my legs are tired.
This project is my attempt at showing that it is possible to continue to have a full, active life after surgery. The summer that I had to have ileostomy surgery - there was no other option, and I had no time to plan or adjust to the idea- I fell into a deep deep depression. I wasn't sure what my life would be like afterwards. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to be active at all, or that people would know that I have an ostomy because I couldn't hide it under my clothes. And, sadly, I couldn't find any other examples of people like me - young guys with physically demanding professions, who played high intensity sports - despite my constant searching online and in person.
Today my life is awesome. I'm looking forward to this years cycling season, and recently got engaged to the love of my life (who I met after surgery in 2009, for the record). It doesn't get much better than this. Yes, sometimes Crohn's or the extra considerations required for traveling or other breaks in the routine with an ileostomy get me down. But, then I remember how worth it these small bumps in the road are when I look at the big picture. I hope that I can show that cycling, or being active in any sport, with Crohn's or after ileostomy surgery is possible and that your biggest limitations are your fears. Get those limitations out of your head and go live life! Full speed ahead!