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17/12/2015, 00.15 Injury

Drake Diener says he has been having some health issues due to Crohn's disease

Diener was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005

In his blog on Eurocup website, Drake Diener of CAI Zaragoza said that he is experiencing some health issues over the last two months due to his Croh disease that was diagnosed in 2005.

Per Eurocup, The first problem I had was when we first played against Nancy, which was at the end of October, and the problem has continued until now. We are in the process of trying to figure out what exactly the situation is and how to go forward, so we will see. It has been a frustrating month and a half. Most people don't know much about Crohn's disease, but in my case, I can feel really good one day and have some problems the next day. It is kind of up and down and it has given me some problems.

There are a lot of worst things in the world than what I have, obviously, so I consider myself to be pretty lucky. Like I said, I played my whole career until now without ever missing a single practice or game due to my problem. It kind of just came up out of nowhere at the end of October. I couldn't play in that game against Nancy and from there, I felt good some days, not good some others... It is a frustrating thing not only for me, personally, but also for the team, I am sure. It is tough not give the team what I know I can give but that is life and, like I said, I have been lucky for nine years and now that luck has ran out a little bit. But I am staying positive and my health is the most important thing. We will figure it out and see what we have to do in the future.

The club is helping me a lot, too. It is a strange thing for them, I am sure, because Crohn's disease is not very typical. It is not uncommon but it is not a typical disease. Basically, every person who has Crohn's disease has different symptoms, different medication, different... everything! In my case, my only two symptoms are abdominal pain and fatigue. I think that, for an average person, it is hard to understand and it is hard for me to explain what is going on. The club has been really supportive and they understand that my health is most important. They have been really supportive on trying to find a solution and figure out what we need to do to get right. I have seen a specialist here in Zaragoza and this week I am having another exam. Hopefully this exam can give us some answers on what the situation is and what we need to do.

It is tough for me because like I said, I played my whole career without a problem and when it does come up, it makes you think back of all these years I have played without any kind of problem. It is hard to explain and makes you put things in perspective. I am here to play basketball for CAI Zaragoza and I hope that we figure out a solution here soon. My health is definitely the most important thing and we will see what we have to do.

I will be OK. It is frustrating but like I said, there are a million other problems in the world and I'm looking forward to getting back to normal.
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