I grew up in Michigan, in a very small town, Centreville. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. I was actually having a good time. Among those who participated in academic research, more than a third reported experiencing mental health problems. Indeed, Troyer almost literally didn't survive growing up Amish. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Troyer struggled with alcoholism for more than a decade prior to his death.