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Cheer on Scholarship Finalist, Brandon, As He Competes in the USA Gymnastics Championships!

Cheer on Scholarship Finalist, Brandon, As He Competes in the USA Gymnastics Championships!

Some people's talent you can't help but fangirl over...Beyoncé, Tom Brady, Ellen Degeneres...and scholarship finalist, Brandon Krzynefski. Watch the video (right) and you will immediately see why. He's incredible. In fact, he is a 7-time national power tumbling champion and a World Team bronze medalist. WOW. 

T1D Initiatives to Follow: Miles of Portraits

T1D Initiatives to Follow: Miles of Portraits

With all the negative news headlines that inundate our day-to-day lives (think iPhone notifications, newspapers, radio, TV...the works), it's easy to forget the goodness of humanity. At this point, you may be laughing. Understandable. But it's out there. Really. Everywhere we go. 

Inspiration to the T1D community and friend of the ESC Scholarship Program, Annalisa van den Bergh, has found this to be especially true on her thousand-mile bike journeys across America. She has the stories and friendships to prove it. Now, she's sharing it with others. 

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Aidan Fernandez

Diagnosed with T1D at the age of 13, Aidan Fernandez is about as well rounded as they come. Now 18, Aidan is graduating from Duncan U. Fletcher High School with above a 4.0 GPA. While maintaining his grades, he has lead the varsity baseball team, served as a counselor at the American Diabetes Association’s Camp JADA, coached youth sports, tutored students in math, and worked at the YMCA. Oh, did we mention he’s bilingual? 

In short, Aidan is a force. He is an invaluable representative of the type 1 community and will undoubtedly add a great deal to the University of Florida, where he aspires to major in biomedical engineering...and one day become a pediatric endocrinologist. 

Here, we share some of Aidan’s insights from his Every Step Counts Application. Congratulations, Aidan! 

When Your Dia-Bestie Asks You to Run Your First Marathon...And It's Boston

When Your Dia-Bestie Asks You to Run Your First Marathon...And It's Boston

Seemingly out of the blue, Angela asked if I had interest in running Boston 2018 with an Abbott bib. No qualifying required. Just a heck of a lot of training and using the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system to help manage my glucose throughout. She also asked if I knew another T1D athlete who would be willing to do the program….a.k.a. do you have any other athletic, just-crazy-enough friends with T1D who would agree to run the Boston Marathon?

I immediately thought of Pat. He hadn’t run a marathon yet, but was determined and had done plenty of running around the soccer field. Wouldn’t hurt to ask…

Turns out, Pat had already been training for a half, but Boston was on his bucket list. He said he would think about it…which really didn’t take all too long. Pat was in.

He rose to the occasion and I couldn’t be happier to have him by my side (before passing me) at the Boston Marathon on April 16th. Here we sit down with Pat to get an idea of his training, balancing T1D, and what he’s most excited about for Boston 2018.

 

Annalisa van den Bergh: What Cycling Really, Really Far Taught Us About Our Type 1 Diabetes

Annalisa van den Bergh: What Cycling Really, Really Far Taught Us About Our Type 1 Diabetes

Erik and I only did one true training ride before cycling across the country on Adventure Cycling’s TransAmerica Trail. Around this time a year ago, we hopped on the Metro-North with a few friends from our type 1 diabetes Meetup group and headed to Peekskill, New York...
 
...Both of our blood sugars kept dropping and it seemed no amount of granola bars and gummy bears would keep our numbers stable. 
 
We stopped. 
 
We ate. 
 
We stopped.
 
We ate.
 
We stopped.
 
We ate.
 
You get it.

Medical IDs, T1D Moms, and...Discount on RoadID!

Medical IDs, T1D Moms, and...Discount on RoadID!

My mom was also in the audience (such a treat!). Her hand shot up. 

"Were you wearing your medical ID when you got stranded?" 

The answer is...no...I was not. To me, the most interesting part of that story was lack of strategy. To my mom, it was the fact that a very simple solution could have protected me if the situation escalated. Mercifully, a car drove by and I was able to get a ride back to campus to treat my low. But what if I had passed out and was not able to communicate that I had T1D? 

I took a quick poll to see who was wearing a medical ID. Out of 50 teens, less than half were wearing medical IDs. Why not? Clunkiness. Perception of "coolness." Forgetting to put them back on. All relatable reasons. When I was not wearing my ID, all of these factors came into play.