To take control of your diabetes while in high school is a truly amazing feat, in a time when you're worried about cars, girlfriends or boyfriends, college and being cool a disease like diabetes often gets forgotten. To take control of diabetes while in high school is great, throw in playing a varsity sport and the challenge is that much tougher. That is just what Nick Lindholm has done though, Nick a senior at Stonington High School was diagnosed with diabetes his sophomore year of high school. This morning this article in The Westerly Sun caught my eye and I couldn't help but smile while reading it. As I read the article I was taken back to the football game on Thursday, I do the chains for Westerly, it's fun and one of the best seats in the house for a game. I was checking my CGM on the sidelines during the game and I could hear someone saying "Nick look, he has the same thing as you." I thought nothing of it and went on watching the game, I now know that one Nicks teammates was excited to see that someone else had the same CGM as his friend and teammate. I just wish I was a little more attentive, I'd love to sit down with Nick and share some stories, hopefully he reads this and it can be done. I have a lot of diabetic friends that are athletes but only a few that are local, to add another diabetic athlete to talk to is always great.
It is very clear that Nick has his diabetes under control, I'm a little jealous of Nick. I can only dream about what my life would have been like if I accepted my diabetes earlier in life. Nick will be my age one day and will never have to look back and think about what could have been, that puts a huge smile on my face. I wish Nick the best in all of his future endeavors and I hope that he knows that he is a role model to diabetics of all age.