Today’s blog features Dr. Elise Brown. Dr. Brown is a legend at my hospital, and died about a week ago at the age of 43. Dr. Brown had the finest medical mind I have known, and this blog is for her. She inspired all of to be better physicians. She was passionate about diabetes care, and volunteered at a diabetes camp two weeks every summer (along with all the other myriad of activities she did!) Elise, thank you for dragging us forward to learn more about insulin pumps, and encouraging all our patients with diabetes that they can have normal lives. We miss you and will continue the work you started!!!
To that end I scoured around to find famous athletes with diabetes.
Kris Freeman is a four time Olympian in nordic skiing. He uses an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor.
“A little bit of adversity isn’t a bad thing… There’s no reason that this disease has to stop you.”– Kris Freeman
Next, William “Billy” Mills, Lakota name Makata Taka Hela, won a gold medal in 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Orphaned at age 12, Mills went on to run for the University of Kansas. He shocked the world as a virtual unknown to win the gold. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes prior to the Olympics and was able to initially control his diabetes with diet. He champions diabetes care and emphasizes exercise and healthy nutrition choices as part of his charity “Running Strong for American Indian Youth.”
“Your life is a gift from the Creator. Your gift back to the Creator is what you do with your life.” –Billy Mills
These athletes prove that diabetes shouldn’t stop anyone from being an athlete. Thank you Elise! Until we meet again!