Team of Heroes

Here it is: the last day of this year’s Diabetes Blog Week. It’s been a good selection of topics, and I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s posts. Today, we talk about heroes.

I’m going to confess that I don’t really have any heroes. Some people do fantastic things that need to be shouted from the rooftops, and there are nonprofit groups and NGOs who do the amazing, selfless work that’s the traditional domain of heroes. But being a “hero” is a big ask for anyone.

With that caveat, I’ll say this: I really admire all the athletes of Team Type 1 and the idea behind the team. The cyclists, runners, and triathletes—some of whom are among my very best friends—are such inspirations. They show that it’s possible to do the same amazing feats of athletic derring-do with diabetes that people without it can do. After I learned about them, I bought one of their (older) jerseys, and I wear it often to represent for my peeps.

In my heart, I want to be one of them.

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