“You don’t draw blood every day without developing a thicker skin.”
I admit that the above quote gave me chills, especially after hearing Max Domi steadfastly utter those words.
Max, a World Junior Ice Hockey Champion and son of famed Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi, has Type 1 Diabetes. He regulates his blood sugar levels using an insulin pump attached to his hip. During games, he excuses himself every 15 minutes to test his blood glucose level. And, he wears number 16 in homage to Bobby Clarke, a famed hockey player who also suffered with the disease. (Source)
So, how’s your day going? Got any excuses for why you’re not on top of your game?
In Canada, there were 3.3 million people living with diabetes in 2014, of whom between 5 and 10 per cent would have Type 1, which for Max and others will be a lifelong concern. Chances are, you know someone afflicted with the disease. And even though there is no cure – only ways to manage symptoms and prevent complications – more and more Canadians diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes have achieved extraordinary professional milestones despite living with the disease. Like Dessi Zaharieva, MMA Artist and International Tae Kwon Do Bronze Medalist. Or James Coones, a Fire Captain with the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association. And my personal favourite, Max Domi, captain of the London Knights.
I’m no stranger to diabetes. My paternal grandmother was diagnosed at a young age, and I had two high school friends who either regularly tested their blood glucose levels or injected insulin on a daily basis. But it didn’t let it stop them.
I’m no stranger to autoimmune disease. I inject myself weekly with a biologic drug and have monthly blood tests to monitor my levels of inflammation and liver function. But I don’t let it stop me.
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Accurate readings can help make the right decisions when they matter most.
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Today, I count my blessings. Frequently. But I often look to others for inspiration. And just knowing that Canadians continue to reach extraordinary milestones – despite their illnesses – is all the motivation I need to give it my all, every day.
This post was sponsored by Bayer. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.