I am continually amazed at the athletes who have diabetes. They do some of the most incredible stuff, fearlessly and without reservation. Today I read a story about a young girl who is vying for the single slot on the Olympic team for kayaking. She's been in the boat since the age of two and never looked back, even after being diagnosed with type 1 at the age of three. Kudos to her parents as well who were not afraid.
Here is a snip-it of her interview.
"Donnelly is on the Team Colorado Whitewater Racing Club, where she trains with a coach from Spain, who helps her perfect her skills as she readies for Olympic tryouts.
And as living with type 1 diabetes, celiac and thyroid disease? She certainly doesn’t allow them to slow her down.
She wears an Animas OneTouch Ping waterproof insulin pump so her blood sugar stays in check during competitions, and checks her glucose levels before each competition so she can take in some sugar if her numbers are too low.
In a way, the discipline required to manage her type 1 and the dietary restrictions of celiac have both ultimately been beneficial, as she already eats the healthy diet required for an Olympic run (this morning’s breakfast was a veggie omelet, and lunch will come when she can tear herself away from the water.)"
- See more at: http://diabeteshealth.com/read/2014/09/18/838...
What are some of your dreams? Are you working to achieve them despite your diabetes?
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