I am very happy to have Yes Wellness lending their support to my Kilimanjaro fundraising trek for many reasons, but first a mini intro.
My name is Robert Hill. In my early twenties I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and soon after needed a surgery to save my life. Today, I live with an ileostomy and without my colon. Years ago, I would have wanted you to feel sorry for me because I felt sorry for myself – but that was a long time ago. That was a time before I realized that knowledge was key and that I had been handed a second chance to live life. Why waste this second chance?
Once my new outlook on life had taken root, I thought:
- No one talks about intestinal issues
- Information is hard to find
- Good and relevant information is even harder to find
From this, I realized that I had the answer to the question I had asked myself many times: “Why me?!” I realized that I could be the person who talked about intestinal issues. I’m a BC boy. I grew up with heroes like Terry Fox and Rick Hansen – they inspired me to challenge myself with my condition and new outlook on life.
I had to do something that challenged my boyhood heroes. What could it be?
I took my passion for the wilderness, climbing, and any sort of physical and mental challenge and decided to climb the “7 Summits” – the highest mountain of each continent. It took many years, but in 2010 I reached the top of Mount Everest. This marked the conclusion of my campaign, as well as being the first person with an ostomy to do so. I still climb and I show other people living with intestinal illnesses that they can too, by having them join me. This is why I’m off to Africa.
How does all of this move toward support from Yes Wellness? Knowledge is very important to me – especially knowledge about nutrition. Since my absorption of nutrients is compromised by my illness, and because I do not have a large intestine that can absorb fluids and electrolytes back into my body, I have to rely on my small intestine to work over time. This makes my small intestine’s role very crucial to my health and has me more interested in knowing what I am putting into my body.
As a climber, an athlete, and an active dad it is extremely important for me to keep my energy levels up and recovery time down – a balance in life is key. I did not realize how much we could become affected by nutritional intake until I really started to train for big climbs.
How does Yes Wellness help with this? They have:
1. The products I use and like.
2. Great product knowledge.
3. Alternatives – in case I want to try something new.
4. Convenience. I hate shopping. Ordering online in a matter of 5 minutes and having products delivered straight to my door is a bonus.
I am excited to work alongside of and have the support of Yes Wellness. I am in Africa, have my nutritional support, and will discuss with the importance of nutrition and being active while having a compromised digestive system. I just wanted to introduce myself and mention how grateful I am for the support of Yes Wellness.