Hockey wasn’t the only challenge in ’s life. The former NHL star was diagnosed with (UC) at age 15.

“When I first found out, I looked upon it as just another mountain I had to climb,” he told me. “My symptoms included and bad but I felt I should keep it to myself and I hid it from my teammates.”

There were times he had to leave the ice to go to the bathroom, he recalls. “Colitis is a . It’s hard on your body. Sometimes I had no energy and everything I ate and drank just ran through my system.”

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A hockey star’s secret

Hopefully he can help raise awareness about ulcerative colitis and ’s disease (CD), the two gastrointestinal disorders that fall under the () umbrella. has among the highest reported cases in the world.and more »

About Rob Hill

In 1994, Rob was a fit, healthy 23-year-old, an amateur runner and athlete. Until that time, he had never really been sick. He didn’t even have a regular doctor. When the illness started, it progressed rapidly. Daily diarrhea. Sustained stomach cramps. The diagnosis was Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory condition of the digestive tract. It got worse, and his weight plummeted from 185 to 105 pounds. After a year and a half, it became clear that his large intestine, his colon, needed to be removed. Rob decided he had to do something about it. The Seven Summits campaign, which we call “No Guts Know Glory” grew from Rob’s love of sport, adventure and the outdoors. By taking it to the extreme, and on a global basis, Rob hopes to show people everywhere that having these diseases or having an ostomy, like Rob does, shouldn’t stop you from leading a full life. You may not be able to climb mountains, but there are so many other things you can do. To further this goal, Rob started the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS), from his home base in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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