50 Years of Helping Athletes with Diabetes: A Conversation with Dr. Edward Horton

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Breaking Barriers with Type 1 Diabetes

My conversation with Dr. Horton slowed towards the end of our meeting. Dr. Horton seemed to take a pause. Several seconds later, Dr. Horton said something that struck me. He looked me square in the eye and said “We break barriers.”

Dr. Horton supported the first people with Type 1 Diabetes to ever complete the New York City Marathon. We have continued to break down barriers in the years since then – due, in no small part, to receiving the right support from the right people at the right time.

Diabetes management does not, cannot, and will not happen alone. Ultimately, each individual with diabetes is responsible for their own care. But your team will help you excel and  help you chase down your finish line. We can talk about the nitty-gritty of diabetes management. We can talk about the number of times I prick my fingers each day, or how much food I eat throughout a marathon to prevent a low blood sugar. But before we have those conversations, we need to make sure of something else entirely. We need to make sure that your team is in place to help you take those nitty-gritty moments in stride. Each individual with diabetes is responsible for their own care. But your team will ease the burden, give you meaning, and help you achieve greatness every step of the way. And it pays off.

Each year, more and more people with Type 1 Diabetes set forth to complete the Boston Marathon – with astounding success. I will continue to run on the road towards Boston, with many other people with diabetes by my side. And there is no doubt in my mind that we will continue to break barriers.

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