Years ago, when I had time on my hands and my anxiety levels were much higher, I spent a lot of time online looking at health forums and chat rooms, swapping stories with fellow hypochondriacs. As I read through discussion threads, or replied to messages with words of support, I often thought, “I wish there was someone well-known – maybe a celebrity – who shares my concerns. I wish there was someone in the spotlight who understands what I am going through.”
Today, celebrities, professional athletes and media personalities are much more open about their own personal struggles and issues surrounding health. For the little boys and girls who idolize them, it’s an incredible feeling to know they’re not alone.
Max Domi, a professional hockey player in the NHL, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. Max hopes that by opening up about his personal experiences with diabetes, he will inspire Canadians to visit poweredbyaccuracy.ca to learn more about diabetes and the Accuracy Coach program.
“Managing diabetes can be hard, but with the right coaching and support there are no limits. It’s so important that people with diabetes have the confidence to develop a healthy mindset and take control,” says Domi. “I want to reach as many people as I can and share my own experience and tell my own story. Diabetes hasn’t stopped me and the goals I’ve set for myself, and it doesn’t have to stop anyone else.”
As I read this, I couldn’t help but think about the boy or girl, recently diagnosed, who wonders how diabetes will affect their life. I think back to some of my own health hurdles, and how I often felt alone.
Finally, I think of Max Domi, who truly understands the meaning of “idol.” He doesn’t think twice about drawing from his own life to help others.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, visit poweredbyaccuracy.ca. You’ll find personal accounts from those living with diabetes, along with health-related information from industry professionals, educational videos and an opportunity to submit your own diabetes-related questions directly to Max.
Imagine, the ability to connect with a professional athlete over a common health issue. The chance to submit a question and have it answered by NHL player Max Domi. The knowledge that someone you admire is going through the same ups and downs, and cares enough to take the time to chat about it.
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Today, I’m thankful for health forums, online chat groups and professional athletes like Max Domi, who make us realize that no one is alone – there’s always someone willing to lend an ear or shoulder for support.
This post was sponsored by Ascensia Diabetes Care. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.