A new way of life

Victoria Cumbow - Nashville, TN

A new way of life

As a kid, my bike was my mode of transportation. It was my way of getting to and from friends' houses, the only way to get to the army fort we built in the woods and the best way I could keep up with my big brother. But when I was diagnosed with type one diabetes at age 11, everything changed. I could no longer take off on my bike at random. I had to make a plan and know where I was going. I had to have a friend with me at all times. I had to carry a backpack with insulin, an ice pack and supplies for low blood sugars. The carefree feeling and adventure of pulling out of the driveway on my bike was gone. 

As an adult, I climbed back on my bike because of diabetes. I found a way to ride and to raise money for type one diabetes research through JDRF, and it was the most rewarding and freeing thing I'd done in my adult life. So now, as a 32-year-old with 20+ years of type one diabetes under her belt, I'm back to finding that same carefree, liberating and freeing feeling of pedaling around my neighborhood. It takes planning and detailed diabetes maintenance, but riding my bike is still one of the best simple pleasures in my life. It keeps me level, sane and free of stress, and it's done amazing things for my blood sugars and my overall health. Riding my bike is one of my very favorite things to do, and most days, there's nowhere I'd rather be than on two wheels.

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