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The Creator and How Lost But Living Started

Alex Vienneau:
I am passionate about business, a fitness enthusiast, personal trainer and I believe that there is more than one way to do something right.
I’ve faced a few of my own health battles and know the hard times that come with them. In early 2015, I woke up one day abnormally sick. I went through months of health tests, hospital visits and prescriptions before the doctors realized how life threatening the condition I had was. I was diagnosed with a very severe case of Ulcerative Colitis.
After spending months in the hospital, I was finally able to go home. With my new “freedom”, you might assume I would want to go out and do everything I possibly could. But that was the last thing I wanted to do.
I went from working out every day, eating very healthy and hanging out with my friends as often as I could, to running out of breath going up the stairs, only being able to digest soft foods and not wanting my friends to see me after my drastic weight loss.

Fast forward to 2017:
For the most part I have always been someone with great amounts of energy, motivation and pretty excited to get out of bed in the morning. I never thought mental health was a big deal or what suffering from a mental illness really meant.
Everything had been going pretty well for me. I was making a decent amount of money, had great people around me and minimal stress. In the middle of the year, however, I started to feel very tired, lost interest in many things, found a deep love for food, felt empty inside and had no motivation for anything!
I figured maybe I had low iron or hadn’t been exercising enough. I went to the doctors to see what the heck was wrong with me and everything seemed relatively normal. This continued for a little while longer before I decided to go see a psychologist to see if they could do anything to help. After many tests with the psychologist, I was diagnosed with something called Clinical Depression.
Since my diagnosis, I’ve been doing my best to get back to doing the things I love to keep my mind from wandering off to dull places.
Through this experience, I now know and can completely understand that mental health is a very serious matter and one of the best things you can do is talk to someone about how you feel.

How Lost But Living started:
I moved from Ottawa to Toronto a few months after my time in the hospital due to my Colitis. I’d never been one to go out and party or drink, but Toronto changed that. In my wild and crazy times going out I would meet many different people and see some cool places. My most popular question when meeting someone new was always, “What are you doing in life or planning on doing?” The most popular answer to this question was, “I am really not sure, I’m a little lost but doing the best that I can, living day by day.” At the time I thought nothing of it. Everyone I asked seemed to be having a great time and were enjoying themselves where they were in life.

Fast forward to a few months later. I woke up in the middle of the night one day with the words Lost But Living in my head. I knew immediately I wanted to do something with this phrase but wasn’t exactly sure what. Now knowing how greatly overlooked mental health is, I wanted to create something that would help create awareness in a simple but effective way.
A few days later I made a logo, went to a t-shirt store, and had some t-shirts printed with my newly made logo. I then built a website and looked into organizations supporting those who suffer from mental health. I connected with Kids Help Phone and decided I want to help and support them so they can continue to help so many people suffering from mental illnesses. This was the beginning of my crazy journey with Lost But Living.
Originally, I donated $1 to Kids Help Phone for every item sold, which quickly progressed to $5. We have now started donating to Kids Right to Play as well.

We want to show people that the best way to overcome depression and anxiety is through physical activity.


Thanks for all the continued support. I look forward to seeing some of you at the upcoming Kids Help Phone events!