This brings me to a point my dad and I live by and thrive on. There are literally a million things we can’t control. But also, there are many things we can control. There are things we can do to at least try to make and keep ourselves healthier. Attitude is the first thing. That’s the start. These are the cards I was dealt. I must play them in my own game of poker, where, as I get older, the stakes get higher and things get both easier AND trickier at the same time. What I mean is, through trial and error, staying active and eating healthy, some common sense, luck and good advice, I’ve managed to thrive in a world of playing sports and competing with T1D.
I would also say that having a good support system is key. My whole family has always been there for me, and I feel like having their support makes even the most difficult things easier. Now, I am entering high school and will be competing on my high school diving team this fall. I will prepare for this by using all the things I’ve learned over the years, as I become more independent but also more confident. Things like, is it still safe for me to disconnect my pump? If so, for how long? Who has my back if my parents are not around? Is my coach prepared to help me if I need medical attention?
I've got this. I am more than a number. This T1D thing is not a pass or fail test, nor is it a sprint. It is a marathon. I get that now. My growing independence with sports and T1D will be tricky, but I feel I have had time to prepare. I know college will bring even more challenges as I continue to grow and groups like CDN are so important and helpful. These are all “a ha” moments for me and have greatly helped me keep things in perspective and kept me balanced, feeling better, and, I believe, healthier. I have a bracelet my dad got me a long time ago. It says “Life is tough, but I am tougher”. Appropriate, I think, and great words to live by for everyone.
Editor's note: stay tuned for more blogs from Carly, where she will be interviewing some prominent athletes with T1D!