I was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 7 years old. Soon after we moved to Whitefish, Montana. It was there that I got to meet the Busbys and learned about Riding on Insulin.
I attended my first Riding on Insulin camp at Whitefish Mountain Resort. It was extremely fun and exciting! All the coaches were welcoming and nice. We got to ride around all day and talk about how to take care of my blood sugars while snowboarding. It was nice to have other Type 1s to check blood sugars with all day. My coaches are some of my best friends! I’ve been to three Riding on Insulin camps.
One year I got to go to Montana and Oregon camp in the same winter. This year will be my 4th camp. I love my Riding on Insulin coaches. They taught me how to live beyond Type 1. I can’t wait for camp this year! I even went to the mountain bike camp during the summer.
When I play hockey I check my blood sugars all the time. My medical bag is always at the bench. I always make sure I check before the game and after every period so that I never have to sit out because of my blood sugar. My favorite hockey player has Type 1, too! He plays for the Arizona Coyotes and his name is Max Domi. We got to meet him last year. We compared pumps and talked about diabetes and hockey.
I also have a medical alert dog named Oshie. He alerts my mom and dad while I am on the ice playing hockey. That’s amazing! He is a yellow lab. He alerts by pawing when he smells my low or high blood sugars. He goes everywhere with me, even to school! We make a great team.
I never let diabetes stop me from what I want to do. I snowboard, play hockey, golf and baseball. I even climb mountains! We do lots of hiking where we live. I just always remember to have my supplies. I also have a great team of friends and coaches who help me along the way.
Read Riding on Insulin – Tips for Skiing and Snowboarding with T1D by Dustin Askim.