More Famous Type 1 Diabetics
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Gary Hall, Jr.
Olympian swimmer Gary Hall Jr. was an accomplished competitive swimmer
when he was diagnosed with type 1 in 1999. With four Olympic medals
already in hand (two gold, two bronze) from the 1996 Olympics, doctors
told him then that his swimming career was over. But Hall was determined
to prove them wrong. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Hall won
two gold medals, a silver and a bronze, bringing his Olympic medal count to
a total of eight. But he wasn’t finished. At the 2004 Athens Games, he
became the oldest male in 80 years to win gold for the U.S. team by
winning a both a gold and bronze medal, for a total of ten. Hall regularly
speaks to young people with diabetes emphasizing that their goals can be
accomplished despite the fact that they live with diabetes.
Nicole Johnson won the Miss America pageant in 1999. But it was two
years earlier while competing in the Miss Virginia pageant that her blood
sugar went so low that she fell unconscious and was nearly forced to leave
the pageant. That wake-up call prompted her to talk openly about her
type 1 diabetes, which was diagnosed in 1993. By the time she won the
Miss America pageant she had already begun to advocate for diabetes.
Former Gonzaga basketball standout Adam Morrison was 14 when he was
diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The discipline Morrison has acquired
since being diagnosed has taught him about proper diet and rest. This has
translated into his being able to maintain good health. Drafted by the
Charlotte Bobcats with the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft,
Morrison stresses that although he may be a celebrity athlete, he faces
the same day-to-day struggles as everyone else with diabetes. His advice
to other diabetics is to simply make sure you are taking care of yourself.
"A lot of the stuff that happens to type 1s is preventable. I know it’s
tough, but if you stay on top of it, you can live a long and successful life.”
Chris Dudley has taken insulin since 1981 when he was diagnosed with
diabetes at the age of 16. The disease, however, did not quench his
desire to play. "If you want to play sports, you can play sports. Don't let
diabetes stop you. But, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't take care of
your condition." At 6’ 11”, Chris Dudley was an exceptional defender
known for strong rebound and shot-blocking capabilities. His ability to play
in 886 games while living with diabetes earned him a lot of respect. In
1998, Dudley started the Chris Dudley Foundation so he could motivate
young people with diabetes to pursue active lifestyles. The Foundation
includes sports camps and clinics that teach young teens how to
successfully balance sports with diabetes management.
Professional snowboarder Sean Busby was diagnosed in 2004 at 19 years old
after feeling extremely ill and losing 23 pounds while coming over a bad
case of pneumonia. He's devoted part of his time to hosting Riding on
Insulin Ski and Snowboard Camps for diabetic kids. "To be honest, until I
was diagnosed I did not understand the disease. I have found that this
disease is willing to be my 'best friend' if I choose to continue to take care
of myself. Sure the risks of complications are there, but I believe you can't
sit around and discontinue a normal life."
Dr. Nat Strand knows all about overcoming challenges as the first
contestant with diabetes to compete and win CBS's The Amazing Race.
Diagnosed with T1D at age 12, she traveled over 32,000 miles across the
globe in 3 weeks for the competition, all while wearing an insulin pump.