Roeland Pater was in his late teens when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Roeland Pater was in his late teens when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He ignored it for as long as he could until he was finally hospitalised a few days before a holiday.
“All of a sudden, I was in the hospital and had people telling me I now had a chronic disease. That was very surreal,” he tells the Standard. “After a few years of trying to ignore it, I realised that everything in my life had changed. So I became aware that it was better to start dealing with it in a more healthy way.”
As well as taking advice from doctors for the medical care side of things, Pater started about making lifestyle changes, like watching what he ate and how he was sleeping.
He started using tracking tools in order to manage this side of the condition but found them hard to stay engaged with.
Thanks to his background in digital marketing for start-ups, he decided to use his tech knowledge to create a digital health platform that could help him manage his lifestyle, which eventually became Nori Health.