How do you inspire others?
I believe I inspire others in multiple ways. First, I inspire others on the baseball field. I’ve showed that you can play the sport you love, and excel with this disease, just as many others have before me. Second, I inspire other with my career choice. I am going to be going into nutrition to become a dietcian to work with diabetics. Finally, I inspire others by staying positive. I believe that this disease was given to me for a reason and that maybe I am supposed to use it to help others as well as myself.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I’ve played baseball my whole life, primarily as a catcher, but also at other positions. My diagnosis came in the middle of my freshman year during the season. In the weeks leading up to the diagnosis, I noticed a huge loss in strength, along with the typical symptoms. I wasn’t swinging the bat as hard or as fast as I used to and I couldn’t throw the ball from behind the plate to second base like I could before. When I went to the doctor to find out what the issue was, they said I had lost about 20 lbs. Now, I have always been a skinny guy, so we couldn’t see the weight loss that much. I was actually working with a personal trainer at the time to try to gain muscle, therefore gain some weight. At the time, I felt that all of the work I had done to get to that goal was lost because of diabetes. However, instead of letting the disease take control of me, I decided to take control of it. I learned how to manage the disease while becoming a better baseball player and getting bigger in the process. Three years later, I weigh 185 (around what the goal was), have gotten bigger, and got recruited to play college baseball.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Mentally and emotionally, I believe diabetes has made me a stronger person. I feel that I can handle almost anything that comes my way if I can handle everything that comes with being a type one diabetic.
Physically, I believe that diabetes has made me a healthier person because I watch what I eat along with getting exercise daily.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks because they’re smaller and easier to fight off. Like you can kick them or punt them away….you can’t do that to a horse sized duck.