A personal trainer from Weymouth, Mesha Moinirad, has been nominated for the Positive Role Model award as part of the National Diversity Awards (supported by ITV News).
While being a personal trainer at First Class Fitness, Mesha actively campaigns for individuals suffering from chronic illnesses.
Six years ago, Mesha was rushed to hospital with a burst appendix, was placed in an induced coma and given a 20% chance of survival.
After losing half of his body mass, it took Mesha months to rebuild enough muscle to have the strength to start walking again. At this time, he was also diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which is the inflammation of the lower end of your digestive system, including your large bowel and rectum.
This had a huge impact on my life, and I was too unwell to do absolutely anything, missing out on socialising with friends as well as having to take 2 years out of university until I was well enough to finish my High-Performance Coaching and Nutrition degree.Mesha Moinirad
Following the news, Mesha was subjected to several medical trials in 2016, which proved to be unsuccessful. As a result, he had to undergo surgery and was fitted with a stoma bag.
The stoma bag allowed him to have some of his life back and Mesha started to write online about his experiences.
In the future, I intend to increase the voice for those with invisible disabilities and to continue to spread awareness. I am currently in the process of making a podcast with a dietician and aim to create other means of educational content for all, promoting wellness, better mental and physical health, yet under a wider umbrella.Mesha Moinirad
With more than 26,000 followers on Instagram (@mrcolitiscrohns) and more on other networks, Mesha has created a community where other people can share advice and experiences without feeling as though they are talking about a taboo subject.
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