I’ve interviewed athletes, musicians, artists, and even acrobats with type 1 diabetes. But Nat Strand “takes the cake,” if you’ll excuse the expression. She’s a 31-year-old anesthesiologist who, along with fellow doctor and friend Kat Chang, won the 2010 reality TV Amazing Race competition, which challenges two-person teams to race across the globe in a frenzied international scavenger hunt with just one backpack each and very little money. Contestants travel by bus, hot air balloon…Read more »
Sticking with yesterday’s theme of physical activities that help people cope with diabetes —please meet Chloe Steepe, who like many of us diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as adults (she was 18) didn’t know another single soul with this illness. For Chloe, it wasn’t until several years later, when visiting Australia on an outdoor adventure trip, that she found herself surrounded by PWDs just like her.
Upon returning home to Canada, she was inspired to…
I found Jeremy Williamson on Twitter. But if you read fitness magazines, watch Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime television, or follow the annual “Model Universe” competitions, you may have run into this type 1 diabetic hottie already. Jeremy is a 34-year-old native of Augusta, GA, who attended bible college in Tulsa, OK, and worked as a youth minister for many years. In 2006, he started doing a little modeling on the side. Then on a…Read more »
With so many new social networks cropping up seemingly every week, it takes a bit of ingenuity to come up with something unique. The latest to join the club of online diabetes support networks is Phrendo, an invitation-only online social network from the folks at the diabetic athletes’ organization Insulindependence. Launched in March 2009, Phrendo’s charter is to pull together all sorts of people with diabetes who like to work out hard — many of…Read more »
People with diabetes have to combat a myriad of myths and misconceptions. Among the most prevalent is the idea that people with type 2 diabetes are “fat and lazy” individuals who “brought it on themselves.” While obesity and lifestyle can certainly contribute to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, it is by no means a catch-all requirement.
That’s why the story of John Anderson, a life-long athlete with type 2 diabetes, is so intriguing. John is…