This Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Didn't Stop Her from Climbing
I heard a piece on NPRs Inflection Point the other day with a brilliant behavioral designer from Stanford. She explained that when she approaches a project, she starts with the future in mind. She talked about imagining future possibilities. Why not, she said, imagine an awesome future?
Im going to begin in the same way. What I hope to accomplish with my story is to change the common perception of what it means to live with diabetes. I hope to ignite something in someoneto spark an idea that could change lives. I come from the world of campaigns and politics and the way we are taught to share is through storytelling. I want to talk about health, technology, and diabetes through the lens of my own life.
In 2014, the climbing bug hit me hard. I started spending all my free time in climbing gyms and all my spare change on climbing gear. This recent shift in my life brought with it community, strength, and new heights of self-confidence even though I was only in my early twenties. Life was good.
I was feeling so good, in fact, that I applied for a Live your Dream climbing grant from the American Alpine Club and the North Face to climb in the French Alps during the summer of 2015. As a budding rock climber and mountaineer, going to Chamonix meant a chance to take my skills to the next level. In February, when I found out I had received the grant, I pushed full steam ahead to train and grow my skill set. I outlined a series of climbing trips to help me prepare.
In May of 2015, I planned a trip to climb Mt. Whitney in California. When the weekend was finally upon us and we s Continue reading