Tyler James Williams revealed an extreme battle with Crohn’s disease
Golden Globe winner Tyler James Williams she reflects on almost losing her life after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
The actor shared that he found out about his illness after visiting a gastroenterologist because of excruciating stomach problems and not being able to keep liquids or food down.
After surgery to help manage the pain, Williams suffered complications and was forced to eat only through an IV connected to her veins for months.
She eventually changed her lifestyle to a healthier one as a result of a health scare and only wanted to act in “purposeful roles”.
Read on to learn more.
“I really pushed my body to the limit”
In an interview Men’s Health, Williams revealed the series of events that led to her discovering she had Crohn’s disease.
He explained that it all started after he invested a lot of time in the gym to develop his muscles. The actor claimed that instead of taking things one step at a time, he decided to take a radical approach and force-feed himself while also following his other demanding regimen.
As a result of his strict procedure, he suffered from excruciating stomach ailments and was unable to keep down any food, regardless of its form.
“I was really pushing my body to the limit,” Williams recalled, adding that at the time he weighed 130 pounds. Us Weekly.
Sometime in December 2017, her body “just broke down” and “shut down,” forcing her to see a gastroenterologist in New York.
Tyler James Williams has had multiple surgeries
During a visit to the hospital, Williams was diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s disease. This came after several tests confirmed that he had inflamed intestines that were blocked by scar tissue.
There is currently no medical cure for Crohn’s disease, and if symptoms are left untreated, it can lead to complications and ultimately death.
In Williams’s case, the first complication came after emergency surgery to remove 6 inches of his lower intestine. His body went into septic shock as his intestines failed to heal, leading to more surgeries.
Williams found himself thinking about his life and wondering if he was about to take his last breath in that terrible moment.
He reminded that the Us Weekly“My last thought was, ‘This could be it. If that’s it, I’m not happy. I worked a lot. I made a lot of things. I didn’t enjoy any of it. It can not be.”
Tyler James Williams shares a touching lesson
Fortunately, he got better, but not without going through an unpleasant recovery process.
For months, the “Everybody Hates Chris” star was only able to feed himself through an intravenous feeding system, which fed nutrients into his body through his vein.
As a side effect, his weight dropped to 105 pounds, along with all his previous gains.
The experience inspired Williams to “learn how to stop dramatic change from happening very quickly” and improve “your relationship with your body.”
He further noted, per Us Weekly“The important thing for me and others like me is to remember that longevity is a big part of the game. If you can’t (stay strong) and be healthy, there’s really no point.”
About Tyler James Williams’ character in ‘Abbott Elementary’
In addition to changing his lifestyle to a healthier one, excluding red meat and coffee, the singer sought out more “purposeful” roles to make the most of his second chance at life.
One such role is Gregory’s character Eddie on the award-winning series “Abbott Elementary.”
In an interview, Williams describes the character as someone who “wants to be in this position of power because he feels like that’s what he needs to be successful, but then he realizes that’s not his life.”
He then went on to say that he and Eddie were on the same journey to explain why he could relate to the character.
Unsurprisingly, Williams’ performance has already garnered critical acclaim with a recent Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series.