Guy Suffering From Crohn's Disease Is Now A Champion Weightlifter
If you've never heard of Crohn's disease then count yourself lucky you don't have it.
The inflammatory bowel disease is incredibly painful and it can cause severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.
As a result, people living with the disease often have to be strict with their diet so that they don't become too skinny.
But one bloke decided to take it a step further and show everyone how far he can push his body while battling Crohn's.
Manny Singh Tura was faced with a shocking scenario in Christmas two years ago. As a result of his disease, his bowel had burst, requiring him to wear an ileostomy bag.
Following his surgery, his weight plummeted from 50kgs to just 29kgs. Not wanting to be defeated by his condition, he set himself some goals, ate more than his doctors required him to and lifted a bunch of weights.
He went from being very, very skinny to breaking regional powerlifting records.
Manny said: "I went from having a fairly muscular frame to being like a skeleton.
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"It was sad looking at my body because I had never been this thin, I've always been small but this was completely different.
"I admired bodybuilders so I made a promise to myself I would gain weight and be strong again, I did it in less than a year.
"Winning and breaking a record made me feel like I had independence over my body again."
But it's not as easy as it sounds; the 27-year-old had to eat a lot of food and train himself into the floor to get the results he wanted.
"I went from having three meals a day to five, my new strict diet helped me gain weight, I gained like 1 kg a day.
"One friend would make me mackerel, sardines and prawns every single night and each morning he would visit me in the hospital to drop off the food.
"I had a hotplate for me to warm food a friend snuck in, I'd use it when doctors and nurses weren't around, it was a lifesaver and a can of air freshener to hide the smell of fish.
"When I got home, I still had to tube-feed but I was more aware of what I was putting in my body."
Manny says he isn't going to let his Crohn's disease get in the way of his goals and looks forward to pushing his body further and further.
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