My name is Aaron Field and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 6 years old. I play high school lacrosse and football and love to compete in just about anything else. When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, my parents worried that I wouldn't be able to do what I love. We researched professional athletes who had Diabetes. I was inspired by the many athletes who made it to the professional level while playing with T1D, but I was struggling to figure it out for myself.
My blood sugar would drop during practice, but sky rocket during games. Thanks to my helpful doctors, diabetes educators, and supportive family, I was able to figure out why this was happening. My sugar was dropping during practice because I was so active, but it was increasing during games because of adrenaline. I figured if I was having these issues, other athletes with Type 1 must be too. Hopefully these athletes that have shared their routines can help others perform their best between the lines.
In the fall of 2022, I was honored to be named to the Connecticut CHSCA All-State Football Team. This accomplishment felt and still feels surreal. For one reason, because this had been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember, and I had worked so hard to achieve this. But for another, because I had been able to achieve this feat, even with my diabetes. I had defied the odds, and proved that my diabetes did not stop me from reaching my goal. In fact, diabetes has made me into a better person in so many ways. I live a healthier lifestyle, take better care of myself, and know what my body is telling me better than most my age. It has taught me discipline, compassion, gratitude, and so much more. Diabetes is my superpower, and I would not be where I am today without it. Take it from me, or the professionals who have achieved such great success despite their condition: diabetes does not need to define you. You can do anything you put your mind to, and diabetes can't stop you from doing what you love.
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