Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Video: Kerri

Contributor: Kerri;

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “We can do this; I know that we can. We can master this monster; we can draft up a plan. Or just fumble through days we’re unsure how to weather; the point is – we’re in this, and we’re in this together.”


Video: Josh Bliel


Contributor: Josh Bliel; community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts

Connection: No known personal connection to diabetes; Iraq war veteran with double leg amputation.

Quote: “It was a big realization for me that other people deal with things too, and it’s normal. It’s okay to feel angry.”

Video: Steve


Contributor: Steve Richert;

Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “My biggest challenge has always been staying positive and keeping my mind focused on what I want and what I want to do, as opposed to what I’m afraid of and what I’m worried about. If I can climb a mountain and live with diabetes, you can pursue your passion [too]. Don’t let diabetes stop you.”

Video: Team Type 1 (Matt and Morgan)


Contributors: Matt and Morgan;

Connection: Athletes with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “Don’t change anything you did before diagnosis. Try to live life normally, and get back to your normal life as soon as possible.”

Video: Team Type 1 (Across America)

Contributors: Tom Kingery, Brian Foster, and Phil Southerland;

Connection: Athletes with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 7 months old. They said I’d be dead or blind by 25 – I’m not dead yet. I’m not done yet. All of Team Type 1 raced their bikes [across America] for you. If they can do it, YOU can do it.”

Video: Jay

Contributor: Jay Hewitt; Ironman triathlete and 3-time member of U.S. National Team for Long Course Triathlon;

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “There’s been a lot of things that people have said that you can’t do with Type 1 diabetes… but if I can do it, you can do it.”

Video: Kris

Contributor: Kris Freeman; elite U.S. cross-country skier, member of U.S. Ski Team and Olympic athlete;

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “Having this disease […] does not have to get in the way of going after your dreams and aspirations.”