1) When your blood sugar is above your set range, what is the best way your friends and family could support you?
When my blood sugar is out of range I become very unhappy, I have no motivation and want to be left alone. The best thing for someone to do to make me feel better is to act normally. Talking about anything but my blood sugar will do just fine, I have taken insulin to fix my blood sugar the last thing I would like to talk about is my blood sugar.
2) If you didn't have diabetes what kind of person would you be?
I would not be anything like the person you see in front of you today. Diabetes is the reason I work so hard at work, cycling and being the best boyfriend that I can. Without diabetes I feel that I would have nothing to prove to anyone. This is just me but I feel that I have to prove myself because of my diabetes. If I didn't have diabetes I would be fifty pounds heavier, not working out, and not have the job I have today. With diabetes I feel that I have to prove myself, I feel that when people hear that I have diabetes they automatically assume that I can't do what someone living without diabetes can do.
3) Other than Kate and family, what one person has been your support on a daily basis?
This is a tough question but honestly the members of Team Novo Nordisk are my support specifically Stephen England. All of the team members are great and are always supporting me and my dreams. Seeing a post on social media liked by a team member makes my day. These men and women are role models for me and to see that I help them in some way is great. Stephen England goes that extra mile though, to be able to contact him whenever I have a running question or any running diabetes question is great.
4) What would you tell a person just diagnosed with diabetes?
This is easy to say but is true, everything may seem very tough right now but trust me when I say things will get better and easier. Taking insulin, testing your blood sugar, and your diet are all things that are very tough to do right now, I understand that. Go back to the first time you had your permit to drive a car, you didn't know what to do or what to expect. Driving on the highway was never a thought but you kept working at it and now you have no trouble driving. The same goes for diabetes, you're scared of all the change and what it will do to your life. If you expect the best you will be just fine. A lot of people are living amazing lives with diabetes there is no reason that you can't. Take it day by day and enjoy the ride.
5) Can you eat ice cream and other high sugar desserts or foods?
Yes I can, as long as I take the appropriate amount of insulin to cover the food that I just ate. Personally I use high sugar foods as a reward. I will use my A1C as the way to reward myself, if my A1c is below a certain number I will get ice cream if it is not I don't get to enjoy a sundae. I don't want to miss out on a sundae!! I'm human I love brownies, ice cream, cake and any dessert you can think of. The athlete in me helps me stay away from these foods as well, but if my A1C is where I want it you can bet that I will have a sundae in front of me that night!!