About Brian Greenberg
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 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 infections, 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 triathlons of various distances all over the U.S., all the while fighting to conquer his most difficult obstacle yet: his chronic illness.
By the age of 27, Brian had three resections and by the age 28, he had a surgery for an ileostomy. He believes that all his activities have given him strength in his fight against severe Crohn’s Disease. Being able to battle the elements 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 many 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 and living with an ostomy.
In 2018 Brian took on the challenge of completing a full 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon, a difficult feat for pretty much anyone. But the interesting part about triathlons is the organization, routines, and more have become part of many areas in Brian's life. On top of triathlons bettering many areas of life, Brian has become a student of success, reading books, listening to podcasts, and more about successful people in this world.
Unfortunately for many, this is a difficult challenge, and this is why Brian started Chronically Better You. A passion project dedicated to helping patients with all chronic illnesses live a better life with their disease, by following similar systems as extremely successful people in this world, created specifically for patients to use on a daily basis and improve their lives.