Disease is a bad name for something such as diabetes. It has given me focus, organization, and dedication to staying healthy. I would not have the drive or work ethic I now possess if diabetes didn’t become apart of me. I am 16 years old and have had diabetes since I was 3 years old. I play premier baseball for the Coquitlam Reds of British Columbia.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I was once asked I had fake legs from poor circulation. I responded with showing them my legs and a very confused look. Haha
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I have been told that I wouldn’t be able to compete at a high level of sport and I now play the highest level of baseball in Canada. So yes I 100% proved them wrong.
How do you inspire others?
I manage my diabetes very well while being a full time high performing athlete and student. I am in great condition and love to help inspire children with teaching and helping with management of life.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has it’s struggles as everyone with it understands whether that may be seizures, paralyzation, numbing in limbs, or losing love ones. For me it has been a couple seizures. I have had two in the past three years both making me really rethink my life as I was that far away from being gone. But both times I had the seizures while I was sleeping and I had loving family there to help me. It also didn’t stop me. I had games then next morning both times and I played in both of the games after the seizures. These have made me a much more mentally stronger person as I never go to bed without eating and am always on top of my levels. It impacted my life in a strangely good way.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Diabetes, being an illness, is something that is always being managed creating a perfect platform for a life of organization and mental stability. It makes healthy choices for you since life is so valuable. It physically plays into the mental part as diabetes drives a deep passion out of me knowing that my numbers will be better the healthier I am. Emotionally, diabetes is so difficult no matter who you are. It causes great stress whether I’m agitated at 13.4, or beyond tired at 3.4. The emotional part I would have to say is the hardest to deal with but it is always creating character from how you deal with it.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck. Hah