Exercise

      I have a love/hate relationship with running. Very rarely am I in the middle of a run and say to myself, “Gee, I’m really enjoying the tiny aches and pains in my legs, the feeling that I’m about to suffocate, and thinking about how sore I’ll feel after my run,” yet I still continue to do it. So why do I love running? Maybe it’s the endorphin rush I get after finishing a hard workout. Maybe it’s how running clears my mind and forces me to lay aside my homework for a short time. Maybe it… Read more
In early March, as I sat in Pathophysiology class, I got the email with the subject: “You’re now invited to the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon”. It was a pretty daunting email to open. As I whispered “Look!” to my friend in class, I realized that it was time for me to go after something that I had been pretty afraid of for a while. Spoiler alert: I finished, but another spoiler: it was definitely not pretty. Surprisingly, race morning was relatively (and ideally) uneventful. In my practice runs, I… Read more
ELIZABETH CONSIDINE, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY '20 Exercise and sports are my favorite way to get outside of my comfort zone. With type 1 diabetes (T1D), there are more challenges than just the number of miles or the target pace. Participating in high school sports and now in triathlon at the collegiate club level with T1D has introduced me to more obstacles, but I firmly believe that they have molded me into the student, athlete and person that I am today. The most obvious, and most difficult… Read more
I have learned many things from having type 1 diabetes (T1D) and playing college basketball. Don’t let T1D stop you from achieving your goals, but also be smart enough to modify your goals as you grow. As a child I had the goal of being a college athlete, and that goal did not change when I was diagnosed with T1D in 6th grade. Originally, I dreamed of playing division 1 basketball, but as I grew up I understood what environment was going to be best suited for me to have the safest and most… Read more
As a dog parent and animal lover, I appreciate the opportunity to tell my story about growing up with a dog with diabetes. As many of you know, I am a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver that also happens to be a T1D. Growing up in central California, I came from a racing and animal loving family. Our favorite animal from my childhood was a Chihuahua named Tank. During the weekdays in between school and racing, Tank and I would play for hours and grew extremely close. Fast forward to 2011, I was a 17… Read more
Hi everyone, My name is Paris Phillips and I am a junior at NC State University. I also happen to be on the Wolfpack gymnastics team! I have been doing gymnastics for the last 16 years of my life and I have had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for the last 2. All I’ve ever known is exercising and pushing my body to its limits. Going into college, I planned on having the time of my life being a division one athlete, competing for my school in the most intensive sport there is. Flipping and twisting and… Read more
Hi everyone, My name is Paris Phillips and I am a junior at NC State University. I also happen to be on the Wolfpack gymnastics team! I have been doing gymnastics for the last 16 years of my life and I have had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for the last 2. All I’ve ever known is exercising and pushing my body to its limits. Going into college, I planned on having the time of my life being a division one athlete, competing for my school in the most intensive sport there is. Flipping and twisting and… Read more
I grew up as an athlete. I had danced, played sports, and trained in martial arts throughout childhood. In high school, I devoted my life to softball. In college, I joined a hip-hop dance crew, and I was also introduced to bodybuilding, powerlifting, and Crossfit. So, when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) my freshman year of college, I had a lot of questions. What do you mean I have diabetes?! Will my life be changed forever? Will my life never be the same ever again? Will I not… Read more
I grew up as an athlete. I had danced, played sports, and trained in martial arts throughout childhood. In high school, I devoted my life to softball. In college, I joined a hip-hop dance crew, and I was also introduced to bodybuilding, powerlifting, and Crossfit. So, when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) my freshman year of college, I had a lot of questions. What do you mean I have diabetes?! Will my life be changed forever? Will my life never be the same ever again? Will I not… Read more
Editor's note: this blog was originally posted on Jesse's blog, where he wrote about his experiences with Bike Beyond this summer. Check it out here.  • • • This summer Team #BikeBeyond struck down the popular narrative that people with type 1 diabetes, or any "disabling" condition for that matter must hold you back from achieving your highest self.  At some point nine years into my journey living with type 1 diabetes, I realized that having a support network was a crucial part of success in… Read more
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