Inspiration

  • Video: Ryan Reed

     

    In honor of his strong finish last weekend at the NASCAR Nationwide Series: Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we wanted to share a message from driver of the No. 16 Ryan Reed. After his doctor’s hesitation about Ryan returning to racing at all after his type 1 diabetes diagnosis, Ryan is happy to be racing with the support of the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes.

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  • Video: Kerri

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyxqLauFVrM]

    Contributor: Kerri; www.sixuntilme.com

    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.”

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  • Video: Josh Bliel

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB8KpPXrTzY]

     

    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.”

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  • Video: Steve

     
    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad_Tn9-CvkM]

    Contributor: Steve Richert; livingvertical.org

    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.”

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  • Video: Team Type 1 (Matt and Morgan)

     
    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gli-kCHGgUk]

    Contributors: Matt and Morgan; teamtype1.org

    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.”

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  • Video: Team Type 1 (Across America)

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMc3b8TaKBU]

    Contributors: Tom Kingery, Brian Foster, and Phil Southerland; www.teamtype1.org

    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.”

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  • Video: Jay

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqqI_SHRtZE]

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

    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.”

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  • Video: Kris

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSOEIij-mMk]

    Contributor: Kris Freeman; elite U.S. cross-country skier, four-time Olympic athlete; http://krisfreeman.net/

    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.”

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  • Video: Ben

     http://www.benkoelkerphoto.com/ria/ShizVidz-2011030702.swf

    Contributor: Ben; @benkoelkerphoto

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “I’m not slowing down for anything.”

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  • Video: Team Type 1 (Tour de Suisse in Fiss, Austria)

    Link to video (on Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150211663483183

    Contributors: Javier Megias and members of Team Type 1 (professional racing team)

    Connection: People with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “If you have diabetes, you can ride in this race.”

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