Phil Southerland was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of seven months and has never let diabetes stop him. When my wife gave the book that he had written, Not Dead Yet, for Christmas I thought this should be interesting. I was interested to see the real story behind this man that makes diabetes look so easy. The book tells anyone who reads it what diabetes is all about, as a diabetic I was brought to tears hearing that this great person has a lot of the same fears as I do. I'm a little upset that I will never get to see Phil in a professional cycling race but I'm ecstatic that I will be able to witness what he will do for diabetes.
Team Type 1 is a professional cycling team that is turning the cycling world upside down. Team Type 1 is proving that diabetes doesn't stop anyone, on June 3rd three members of Team Type 1 finished in the top five of the TD Bank International Cycling Championship. That day changed everything for diabetics in sports, Sports Illustrated published this article about Phil and Team Type 1. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/olympics/06/07/Team-Type-1-cycling.ap/index.html Cycling wise things can only get better for Team Type 1, with the win the team is getting closer to the top of the cycling mountain, the Tour de France is in sight. I can't wait to see diabetes on the biggest cycling stage in the world.
Phil is not just a cyclist with diabetes, he is a diabetic that is passionate about everything related to diabetes. Phil does all that he can for diabetics worldwide, he challenges all diabetics to take that next step. He always pushes everyone to go further, if your A1C is at 6.5 he wants to see 6. He is proud of the work that everyone does but knows that they can do more. I'm so happy that type 1 diabetics finally have an athletic role model who embraces his disease. I couldn't ask for a better person to represent diabetics!!