If you’re an athlete with type-1 diabetes the words I write here will likely resonate.
I was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at nine years old. I became a long-distance runner in my 20s, followed by cycling, hiking and dragonboating. That’s when I discovered a HUGE gap in the healthcare system. Resources were lacking: endocrinologists, nurses and dietitians didn’t know how to help me manage my disease with my sport.
I got so frustrated I quit my journalism career to become a registered dietitian specifically for athletes and active people with type-1 diabetes.
I am in the 5th year of the dietetics major at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I will be taking the registered dietitian certification exam in November 2020.
This is my journey.