Popular fitness expert opens up about private health condition

Popular fitness expert opens up about private health condition


A STORY OF OVERCOMING A DAILY STRUGGLE FROM A SEEMINGLY UNLIKELY SOURCE. (SCOTT) SOMEONE WE SEE HERE ON WISH-TV A LOT – IS OPENING UP ABOUT A PRIVATE HEALTH CONDITION IN HOPES IT MIGHT INSPIRE YOU IN WHATEVER YOU MIGHT FACE ON A DAILY BASIS. DREW BLAIR IS HERE TO SHARE A NEW SIDE OF FIREFIGHTER TIM GRIFFIN’S STORY. (DREW) WE WORK WITH TIM IN A VARIETY OF WAYS… YOU KNOW HIM AS THE SPOKESMAN FOR CARMEL’S FIRE DEPARTMENT. YOU ALSO MIGHT SEE HIM AS THE PICTURE OF HEALTH AND FITNESS AS HE RUNS WORKOUT WEDNESDAYS ON INDY STYLE. WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW IS HE WAKES UP EVERY DAY TO BATTLE AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. NOW HE’S SHARING WHAT WAS ONCE TOO EMBARRASSING TO BRING UP TO A DOCTOR.. EVEN HIS WIFE. ALL IN CASE IT HELPS MOTIVATE YOU. THAT’S WHY HE’S ONE TODAY’S GR8 INSPIRATIONS. (REPORTER) ((USE THE BODY YOU HAVE TO GET THE BODY YOU WANT)) INFORMING… INSTRUCTING.. INSPIRING… THEY’RE JUST SOME OF THE ACTIONS TIM GRIFFIN RUNS WITH IN HIS ROLES AT THE CARMEL FIRE DEPARTMENT.. ((ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU… TRAINER OF FIREFIGHTERS)) AS A REGULAR GUEST AND HOST ON WISH-TV… ((PUSH UP WITH AMBER 1…2…3)) OH AND HE’S A HUSBAND AND FATHER OF FIVE. ((MY WIFE WORKS SO ON MY DAYS OFF AT THE FIRE HOUSE, I’M HOME WITH THE KIDS AND SO FITNESS HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME AND SO I HAD TO FIND WAYS TO SQUEEZE IT IN)) GRIFFIN IS KNOWN FOR THAT ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY THAT ENGAGES VIEWERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ALIKE. I DIDN’T MENTION… THIS PUBLIC SAFETY WORKER IS ALSO A PERSONAL TRAINER. ((THE FIRST PART OF GETTING THAT FITNESS PROGRAM IS SIT DOWN IN A CHAIR FOR ME. NOW I WANT YOU TO GET UP AND SIT BACK DOWN NOW GET UP THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO EVERY DAY. YOU GET UP AND YOU GET STARTED)) GRIFFIN PRACTICES WHAT HE PREACHES… BUT IT ISN’T ALWAYS EASY. HIS CONSISTENCY WAS CHALLENGED JUST FOUR YEARS AGO. FEELING SICKER THAN HE WANTED TO ADMIT, GRIFFIN STARTED HAVING DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS. ((JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE LOOKS HEALTHY ON THE OUTSIDE DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THEY ARE ON THE INSIDE)) DISTRESS, DISCOMFORT BUT EVENTUALLY.. A DIAGNOSIS. ((TIM GRIFFIN / CARMEL FIRE DEPT. TWO, TWO AND HALF MONTHS I WAS IN REALLY BAD SHAPE. I LOST ABOUT 12 OR 13 POUNDS AND ON ME THAT’S PRETTY NOTICABLE BUT IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU KNOW AT FIRST YOU’RE SORT OF EMABRRASSED, YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT)) ONCE HE FINALLY DID, HE LEARNED HE HAS WHAT’S CALLED ULCERATIVE COLITIS. IT’S A CHRONIC DISEASE WHICH MEANS HE WILL HANDLE IT FOREVER.. NO LONGER SILENTLY. ((TIM GRIFFIN / CARMEL FIRE DEPT. I’M AN OPEN BOOK ABOUT IT NOW. I BRING IT UP AND I’M AMAZED HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE SOME SORT OF DIGESTIVE PROBLEM, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE SO IT’S GOOD TO BE AN OPEN BOOK BECAUSE THEN THEY KNOW THEY’RE NOT ALONE)) GRIFFIN CAN RELATE WHEN OTHERS ARE OVERWHELMED IN IMPROVING HEALTH AND FITNESS. ((I KNOW PEOPLE THAT ARE ON BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINES OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF AILMENT, JOINT PROBLEMS AND THEY MAY THINK THIS IS IT I GOTTA THROW IN THE TOWEL AND IT’S EASY TO THINK THAT. IT’S EASY AT TIMES TO FEEL DEFEATED)) HIS HOPE IN SHARING THIS STRUGGLE IS THAT YOU MIGHT BE MOTIVATED TO KEEP MOVING. ((TIM GRIFFIN / CARMEL FIRE DEPT. I STILL GET UP AT 445, I HIT THE GYM AND THAT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS FOR ME. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO STAY MOTIVATED EVEN IF IT’S PAINFUL OR EVEN IF I’M NOT FEELING WELL YOU PUSH THROUGH THOSE AND I FEEL BETTER AT THE END OF IT ALWAYS)) (DREW) TIM’S MESSAGE IS MEANT FOR ANY OF YOU WATCHING TO FEEL EMPOWERED TO OVERCOME WHATEVER OBSTACLE IT IS YOU’RE FACING. (SCOTT) BUT HE IS OFFERING A LISTENING EAR IF SOMEONE IS DEALING WITH A SIMILAR CONDITION? (DREW) HE KNOWS HOW HARD IT IS TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE AN INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE. HE’S MANY THINGS.. BUT HE’S NOT A DOCTOR. YOU’LL WANT TO TALK TO ONE BUT HE IS WILLING TO TALK, SHARE OR ANSWER QUESTIONS. HE’S OFFERING THAT ANYONE CAN REACH HIM ON TWITTER AT FIREMANTIMCFD. (LAUREN) –TIME CHECK–

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