I don't know how other diabetic athletes feel about an artificial pancreas but I'm a little bit scared. I'm not scared that I won't be able to exercise with the artificial pancreas, if that is the case I will stick with my current insulin pump. I'm scared because I'm not a real athlete, I would say I became an athlete this year and honestly I hate the title of being an "athlete". I workout like a mad man because it makes controlling my diabetes that much easier, I also believe that by working out everyday of the year that I'm somehow getting back the years I lost when I didn't take care of myself. I also workout because I like the way that my body looks, I love that I can walk around without a shirt on and get looks from people (the only time I got looks before working out was if I had something on my face that I was unaware of)
What does all of this have to do with an artificial pancreas? A lot, I'm scared to death because I honestly believe that I will stop working out when the day comes that I get my artificial pancreas. With an artificial pancreas I lose all my reasons to workout. The pump will do a majority of the work, I will still have fears but I feel those fears will subside after a year or so. I will not have to workout to look good, this sounds crazy but I'm married and I don't think Leanne loves me for just my body. With an artificial pancreas when asked to golf or attend a family cookout I will say yes. For the past three years I have said no to golf, going out with friends and my share family dinners. I did this because my goal has always been to prove myself because I have diabetes and have a better A1C, running and cycling have been towards the top of my priorities for the past three years. I love golf, friends and family but not being physically active for one day drives me crazy. I work hard to fit everything in but when I can not I choose to workout, (I miss small events, birthdays and major holidays are way to important to me to miss them to workout)
I'm scared that the artificial pancreas will bring me back to the 230 pound man I was before I got control of my diabetes. It sounds crazy but I honestly believe that it could happen. I'm not sure if anyone else feels this way but I would love to hear from you either way.