Together We Will Beat IBD!
Brian Greenberg was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 11. At such a young age, it was a lot to deal with. He went through all the normal symptoms and treatments and while trying to be a normal 11 year old, Brian began learning how to live with a serious chronic condition. He still went out with friends, played little league, was an avid skier and liked to go mountain biking, but there was always the lingering question of when a flare-up would come and make him miss out on the activities he loved most
Later on in life, Brian’s battle with Crohn’s became more intense and he went through many more advanced symptoms, such as infection, fistulas, strictures and obstructions. Between the ages of 19 to 21, he had 13 minor surgeries for infections in a 20-month time span. As his condition worsened, his drive to challenge himself and his body became greater. He refused to let Crohn’s take over his life and his passions. It was during this time that his good friend invited him to go indoor rock climbing. He was soon bitten by the “Climbing Bug” and became a regular at his local climbing gym before tackling the outdoors. Shortly after his indoor climbing experience, he found himself climbing, hiking, biking, kayaking and doing every other outdoor activity he could all over the U.S., all the while fighting to conquer his most difficult obstacle yet: his illness.
By the age of 27, Brian has had two resection and by the age or 28 he had a surgery for an ileostomy. He believes that the outdoors has given him strength in his fight against Crohn’s Disease and being able to battle the elements outside and adapt to any situation has taught him how to go with the flow and adjust to everything that Crohn’s throws at him.
In August of 2014 Brian underwent a proctectomy to make his ostomy permanent. There were complications but after living through so much Brian was able to take these in stride. After the recovery he took on his most ambitious goal to date, Brian wanted to complete a 70.3 half Ironman triathlon. On August 30th 2015 Brian completed his goal despite his Crohn’s disease an ostomy. He even beat the time he set out to complete it in by 17 minutes, finishing in 6:43.
It is for this reason that he started the Intense Intestines Foundation. Brian hopes to show other Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis patients and their support networks, that the physical and mental challenges of life can be hard but they can also lead to strength and endurance to battle against their disease.
Want to follow Brian more? Visit www.BrianGreenberg.me to see more of what Brian is up to.
Here is some more of Brian’s story and media opportunities. Together, We Will Beat IBD!
Brian’s interview with Challenge Family USA before his 70.3 for IBD triathlon. Click the photo below to listen to the interview.
Brian’s story with Crohn’s disease and living with an ostomy by Health Theater.
Want to see some of Brian’s adventures on Youtube? Click below and see what he is doing while living with Crohn’s disease and an ostomy.