Having diabetes in college sports teams

Megan Christine
By Megan Christine Latest Reply 2012-10-02 18:30:18 -0500
Started 2012-09-25 01:05:52 -0500

Hey y'all.
I just need to vent and cry and stuff. I'm a college cheerleader. This is my second year on this team. We were told we were going to start practice on Wednesday but we started today instead. Last year after every practice (7:30-11PM) I would wake up around 3AM with very low blood sugar. It didn't matter what I ate, practice nights meant I was going to drop later in the evening. I'm actually going to try lowering my lantus on practice nights, but that's not the point. So tonight I couldn't practice with the team because I ran out of juice and food in my dorm room; I was planning on going on Tuesday (I still am) anyways, I knew from past experience that if I practiced I would go low and I can't afford to go low tonight. I went to practice to show my support and watch; my coach was informed about the situation. Two other girls didn't make the practice at all, so I though it was pretty cool for me to at least be there and show support. Let me tell you, it sucked not being able to work out with the team! After practice we do positives and negatives. Well, it was brought up that my not being able to practice was a negative. I don't understand how I was a negative but the two girls who didn't show up weren't a negative (if it truly was the situation). It was me and my diabetes. If I sprained my ankle at tryouts Saturday but showed up to watch on Monday that would not have been a negative; but because I look fine, it's a negative? This just broke my heart! I know I can never be normal, I know I can never be as physically fit as the team, diabetes is a negative but its my disease I didn't choose it so it broke my heart to be shoved in my face. You don't go up to an over weight person and tell them it's a negative that they can't run as fast as anyone else. You don't tell an overweight person that they are fat, THEY ALREADY KNOW! Oh my gosh I know it's a negative I'll have to sit out some times because of low or high blood sugar.
That's it for now.
Thanks


14 replies

Morgan119
Morgan119 2012-10-02 01:39:21 -0500 Report

i know exactly how you feel… i was diagnosed my freshman year of high school an i was apart of the color guard in the marching band… and had planned on participating in the indoor season but was unable to because i had gotten diagnosed 2 weeks before the outdoor season had finished so i sat out the indoor to get control of my diabetes.. in turn put me behind everyone else.. i still went to a few competitions to help set up an show my support. but it was still extremely hard to watch people doing what i love an me not being able to participate in it… and having to sit out practices because of my sugars was a bummer as well… i even got treated differently by a few of my team mates after i had came back the following outdoor season because they didn't think it was fair that i got to sit while they had to run the routine and practice when it was actually killing me that i was unable to participate… i was blessed however because the instructor for our marching band and indoor groups was a type1 diabetic as well… he had given me a few tricks to help and was very supportive for me and understood why i had to sit out the times that i had to… unlike a few coaches that i have heard of that get upset when you have to… but all in all i get where u are coming from… thanks for reading pretty much my jibberish :)

Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-26 06:05:58 -0500 Report

Megan you're such a special person as I see it you could didn't even have to be at your practice, but you were! You did it to support your team, that's special. There's a word I love comrade, and it's mainly used in the military, but I don't think these girls would understand the definition let alone the action that goes along with it! Standing by others no matter what takes a special person, that's you! Ive had real bad lows and I wouldn't place myself in a situation where I knew that could happen, you did the right thing! Peer pressure can come from anywhere, and as fas as being normal oh we people with D are better than normal because we deal and live with something that others may not be able to do! hugs!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-26 06:05:52 -0500 Report

Megan you're such a special person as I see it you could didn't even have to be at your practice, but you were! You did it to support your team, that's special. There's a word I love comrade, and it's mainly used in the military, but I don't think these girls would understand the definition let alone the action that goes along with it! Standing by others no matter what takes a special person, that's you! Ive had real bad lows and I wouldn't place myself in a situation where I knew that could happen, you did the right thing! Peer pressure can come from anywhere, and as fas as being normal oh we people with D are better than normal because we deal and live with something that others may not be able to do! hugs!

Megan Christine
Megan Christine 2012-09-25 14:19:38 -0500 Report

Joyce thank you so much for this. Sometimes I find it difficult to pull myself back from the situation and see the bigger picture. I don't think these girls meant to hurt me, but without thinking of their intentions, I let diabetes bring me down. It is definitely something I struggle with that some times I wind up on top, and sometimes, like this situation I just break. Your words are beautiful and I will definitely look back to them when I start to struggle or look down on myself for having diabetes.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-25 14:13:46 -0500 Report

Hi Megan, everyone needs to vent from time to time. You remembered that your health is important to you. People are always going to say negative things about you just as people are going to say positive things about you. You are dealing with females who are not mature and more than likely won't be for another five years.

Eleanor Roosevelt said "Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't.". You did what was right for you and your health. Never let words hurt you because they are only words.

These young ladies and others like them don't understand diseases or disabilities that are not visible. What they are actually doing is being snotty. Let them be the way they are, do not buy into it. To do this you must stoop to their level and I can tell you are above this kind of behavior.

Who told you that you are not normal? You are just as normal as the next person you simply have a medical problem. Don't ever think you are not normal you can have the life you choose to have only you will have it with diabetes.

I was at the Farmers Market on Sunday when a man and his wife and their 2 small kids. The man was blind and had his guide dog with him. A woman walking near them asked if she could pet the dog. The little girl all of about 5 years old piped up and said in a very authoritative voice "No you cannot pet my daddy's dog, he is working. If you pet him it will distract him. Don't you have enough sense not to touch a working guide dog" People looked at the woman who then said to the little girl, "Don't you have better manners". The little girl said " I have enough manners to tell you not to pet my daddy's dog" A woman watching the incident told the woman the child is correct you don't have enough sense to know not to touch a guide dog and you obviously don't have enough sense if you are going to berate the child for correcting you.

My point is those girls don't have enough sense to know what they are doing is wrong and harmful. Then again they may have enough sense to know it, they simply don't care. Don't cry and don't get mad. If they see that, they have found your weakness and they will continue and they will have won. Once you graduate from college you may never see them again. Be all you can be in life and don't let a bunch of girls with nothing better to do hurt your feelings. Eleanor Roosevelt also said "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission" Don't give them permission. Best of luck to you and stay strong.

Megan Christine
Megan Christine 2012-09-25 11:33:09 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone for the support! It was just nice to get it off of my chest to others who know what it's like to have high or low blood sugar. I love reading about diabetic athletes like Gary Hall Jr. (Olympic swimmer), the NFL player and others, it's just amazing and I hope I can be a light for others, sometimes I need to just vent the politics and I appreciate y'all being there for me!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-09-25 09:46:59 -0500 Report

Megan, chances are that you are more physically fit than others who don't have diabetes. Stop beating yourself up! You seem to be managing your diabetes very well. Our condition need not limit us. I did some competitive downhill skiing on a local level and won a few times. Check out the news article here about Team WILD…a group of women with diabetes who competed in and completed Wisconsin's Ironman Triathlon. There are a number of pro-athletes who have diabetes. Did your colleagues explain why they thought your not participating was a "negative"? Your being there was a "positive" IMHO. Don't let the B———s get you down. Some people are just plain ignorant and insensitive.

byrun
byrun 2012-09-25 09:14:10 -0500 Report

Good morning Megan. I commend your choice to attend practise even though you could not actively participate. That is a huge part of being a team member. I wonder if the "negative" expressed that day was less personal and more about, just the fact that they missed you actually practising with the team. At least, I hope that was the intent.

Megan Christine
Megan Christine 2012-09-25 02:08:44 -0500 Report

James,
Thank you for what you said. Your prayers alone have lifted up my spirit. God is so great and it is just amazing to connect with other diabetics, and to have prayers from people I don't even know! I really appreciate it! Thank you!
Blessings,
Megan

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-09-25 01:38:25 -0500 Report

I am sorry Meagan that something like that happened. Unfortunately at your stage in life people may not be fully grown up either physically or emotionally. In my own case I don't think I fully grew up emotionally until I was about 30.
I know that this does not ease the heartbreak you're feeling, but things will improve.

Praying God's richest blessings upon you and yours.

James Baker

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