I’m a Type 1 Diabetic professional firefighter. I’ve always been active and once I was diagnosed, that didn’t stop me from being active. I like to hunt, hike, climb, mountain bike, exercise, and be outdoors. I’m 29 years old and have 3 kids that I chase around all under the age 4. Being a Type 1 career firefighter has its challenges but I’m able to adapt and overcome!
My Health Details
- Type of Diabetes:Type 1
- Low blood sugar instances per week:1-3 Instances
- Daily number of times checking blood sugar:1-3 times/day
- Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
- What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?11-15
- How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour
Do you have a diabetic hero that you look up to? If so, who and why?
I’d say right now Mark Andrews the tight end for the Ravens! I look up to him because he hasn’t let diabetes stop him from his dreams.
What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?
Staying in range but also not going low when I am on a call for potentially an extended period of time.
What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?
Don’t let it get me down or stop me from anything. I never have been the type to use excuses, it’s not who I am or how I want to be viewed, so I never have used diabetes as an excuse. I’m never gave up on my goal and I’m the only Type 1 in the history of my Fire Dept.!