Just a few of the tell-tale signs of a true Diabadass:
- You have at least one t-shirt that says, “Yes, I can eat that.”
- Your closet is full of Red Rider and Tour de Cure cycling jerseys.
- Your doctor asks about numbness in your feet, and you say, “Only after I hit mile 50.”
- You medal in your age group even though you had to stop and test your blood sugar.
- Your endocrinologist tells you to start an exercise program, and you say, “BESIDES Ironmans?!”
- You’re healthier than the life insurance agent who just denied your policy application.
- Denise Faustman just friended you on Facebook.
- You find yourself explaining to ER staff that 47 bpm IS your normal heart rate.
- Your girlfriend wants to know who “Dexie” is and why she keeps texting you.
- Your favorite part of marathons is being able to eat candy without bolusing.
- Your running shorts buzz and can’t tell if you’re low or just got a Facebook message.
- You use a family locator app to report into your “Type 3” spouse on your training runs and rides.
- You know that “going low in the water” is not about diving or amorous aqua-batics.
- The handlebar mount for your bike computer is right next to the one for your glucose meter.
- You pick your lancing device and glucose meter based on how well they fit in a runner’s beltpack.
- You own copies of The Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook and Pumping Insulin. All editions. Autographed.
- You have a ready list of snappy comebacks for “Dumb $#*t People Say to Diabetics”.
- You’ve testified before at least one member of Congress on behalf of diabetes research and advocacy.
- You have to decide whether “diabetic Olympian” sounds better than “Olympian diabetic” when put in front of your name.
- You hold one or more world records for an accomplishment by a diabetic athlete.
- You ask your endo how to adjust your Type 2 meds for strenuous exercise, and she stares blankly and says, “No one’s ever asked me that before….”
- After triathlons, you post your blood sugars along with your transition time, finish time, and individual sport times.
- You smell bacon and your first thought is that your infuser sweated off about 15 miles back.
- You’ve seen more needles by age 9 than most people see by age 69.
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