I thought the bag would restrict what I would be able to do and my quality of life but in fact, I don’t even notice it and it’s a constant reminder to me of what I’ve been through, which helps me to put anything else into perspective.
I’ve been coming over whenever I can for the last 15 years and one day I would love to be based there for longer periods of time than I’m currently able to pull off.
I always knew there was something wrong but it’s not until recently — where I’ve felt real energy and strength for the first time — that I fully understand how much of a disadvantage I was at during my career.
I feel like I’m catching on for lost time and it’s super exciting to feel big improvements all the time, even though I’m in my 30’s.
Oliver Adams started his battle with Crohn’s disease at 13 years old. However, it took another decade before doctors actually diagnosed him with the gastroenterology disease that can affect everything from severe abdominal pains to constant fevers.
Still, Oli pushed through the ups and downs of the disease in pursuit of a professional surfing career and today he stands as one of the UK’s most successful and prominent British surfers, having competed on the QS and pursuing a World Tour bid.
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