Stopped competing in powerlifting and working out consistently after birth of my son. Gained a lot of weight. After the birth of my daughter, had some health issues and diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. After losing a whole bunch of weight, I started eating bad since the thyroid took care of it. A year later I was in the ER and was diagnosed with type 2. I decided to get back into the gym and started working out. Eventually diabetes led me to CrossFit then being certified to teach it and help others. I tell my story and help anyone I can when I hear they have diabetes. I remember how scared and confused I was and all the questions I constantly had. I’m back to competing in powerlifting and the occasional CF competition and teach a powerlifting class in addition to CF classes. I enjoy helping people and helping them achieve goals. Other than my pump falling out of my pockets, and hi blood sugars from the nerves of competition, I don’t feel it limits me in any way!
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
You cant eat that, can you?
Sure, as long as I dont mind peeing for 20 minutes.
Is that a pager? ( reffering to the pump)
Yes, the 90s need to get in touch with me!
Is it contagious?
Yes, you should stay 10 feet away!
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Diabetes will slow your healing and you may struggle to lift heavy..
Squatted 500lbs a year later.
How do you inspire others?
I don’t complain, never use it as an excuse, and will tell anyone my story if it helps. I act like I don’t have it, and work hard to achieve the goals I set forth for myself. I go out of my way to help anyone recently diagnosed, have friends give my numbers to strangers when they tell me about someone in their life who has it
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It made me take a look at my life, bring fitness back into my life, and really try to help others. It lead me to CF and back to power lifting where I have made great friendships and discovered a love and passion for coaching.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I worry about my kids and if its something I will pass on. I worry that the struggles I have controlling my sugar will lead to some unfortunate circumstances. It has made me a little tougher, appreciative of life and empathetic to those who struggle with disease.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?