Exercise

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
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
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