It wasn’t even a year old when my parents got the news that would change my life forever. At 11 months old, I got diagnosed with type one diabetes. Since then, almost 19 years later, there has not been a day where diabetes hasn’t been on my mind. I was lucky to grow up with extremely supportive friends and family which made fighting this disease much easier. For the most part, I lived a normal life. I was fortunate to never be left out or forgotten about, and I can thank my parents a lot for… Read more
Being an athlete already has its many stresses on everyday life. Being a person with type 1 and being an athlete is another level of stress, but it can be managed and done successfully. I was 14 when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I had to learn quickly how to manage this disease and still be able to do all the normal things I wanted to do. In college, there are many thoughts and choices that you have daily – what do I eat today, how late should I stay up, did I get my schoolwork done… Read more
Editor's note: friend of CDN and athlete Carly Lenett interviewed Mandy Marquardt, a professional track cyclist who is competing to earn her spot in the 2020 Olympics!    Carly Lenett: How old were you when you were diagnosed with T1D?  Mandy Marquardt: I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16 while racing and living in Mannheim, Germany with my father.   CL: Did you know anyone else who had type 1 at that time? (I was lucky I had my dad) Who did you get advice and support from… Read more
Editor's note: friend of CDN and athlete Carly Lenett interviewed Kendall Simmons, a former NFL player with T1D about his diagnosis as a young adult and his tips for college & T1D.  CL: I wanted to talk with you a bit about your diagnosis and how you adjusted to this new reality. You were 23, so you pretty much had your whole routine down and had just entered the NFL. Did you feel alone at first? What kind of support did you have in the beginning? KS: Honestly, I can say I never really… Read more
It is no secret that adjusting to college life is a great challenge for many young adults. For me, having both type one diabetes and college athletics incorporated into my daily routine makes some days more difficult than others. Having just wrapped up my first year of school away from home, I have learned a lot when it comes to balancing school, sports, and type one diabetes. Some of the biggest takeaways from my freshman year experience include the importance of preparation, openness with my… Read more
      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
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