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Amazing Athletes: Taylor Pierce Aspiring Powerlifter

I remember sitting at my desk in the third grade and having the constant thought of, “why am I feeling this type of way?” The constant rush to make it to the bathroom and the question that ran through my mind constantly was, am I supposed to be on this Earth to be a fish?  I remember thinking this because I wasn't content with just a gulp of water, I wanted the entire ocean I was so thirsty. I remember at the age of eight I always felt weak, but I continued to try my best to compete in competitions with cheerleading and hauling booty on the basketball court, but something wasn't right. I was weak, pale and exhausted. We...

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Amazing Athletes: Micheal McLain obstacle racing enthusiast

Growing up these days is hard, but growing up as one of the youngest diagnosed cases of Type 1 diabetes is even harder. Although this was tough, these were the cards I was dealt, being diagnosed with type one diabetes at only three weeks old. Growing up was an uphill battle trying to balance not only the throws of everyday life, but also needing to balance my diet and eating schedule with it being the era of NPH insulin and regular insulin regimens. Since then, science has come a long way and diabetes no longer has to be a limiting factor for people, as long as they plan accordingly. I really must begin by thanking my mother who stood by...

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The Highs and Lows

Since becoming a diabetic, I have had to figure out the warning signs of when I am high and when I am low. In medical terms, having high blood sugar levels is called Hyperglycemia (your glucose level is above 140 mg/dl) and having low blood sugar levels is called Hypoglycemia (your glucose level is below 70 mg/dl) When you are a Type 1 Diabetic and your blood sugar is high, it means you have ingested too much sugar and too many carbs and that you did not take enough insulin before you ate. Having low blood sugar can mean one of two things; you did not consume enough carbs or sugar or you took too much insulin. Today I am...

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How it all began

I knew going into 2016 that it would be a year of big changes. My wife and I had just had our first son, we moved to Atlanta to be closer to family and I was starting a new career. Stressful as they are, I welcomed every one of those changes. Between stepping into the craziness of being a first-time dad and moving away from my whole life as a Bostonian, everything was in a constant state of motion. It was a roller coaster, but one that I loved riding.  One change was not planned and it brought the whole ride to a stop. At 35, after a lifetime of perfect health, pushing myself as an endurance athlete, and barely...

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