Meet Antanique! This beautiful young woman is a 2018 Outstanding Student, and a graduate of CYC's College and Career Success programming at Woodward Career Technical High School. She will be attending The University of Toledo to study nursing this coming fall.
Antanique's passion is a driving force in her life, and she has never allowed a challenge to get in the way of achieving her dreams. At the age of 12, Antanique was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and she knew that this specific challenge would be a part of her life forever.
While managing her diabetes, Antanique has participated on Woodward's softball team, the cheerleading team, been a champion public speaker for the school's debate team, a consistent honor roll student, and a member of the ASB! Moreover, she has devoted countless hours to volunteering for her favorite charities, Matthew 25 Ministries and the Christ Hospital Aging Center. Her CYC advisor, Alexander Jenkins says "Antanique has a strong moral compass, and wants to see herself and others thrive. She is a selfless young woman, and inspires her peers to help others!"
We are so proud of Antanique, and wish her all the best as she goes off to college. Stay tuned for another Outstanding Student story tomorrow, and don't forget to watch our Facebook feed for the announcement of our four scholarship winners on June 29!
Meet Courtney Duckworth of Virginia! Courtney now 24 years- old was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10. She did not allow her chronic illness to stop her from pursuing her dreams. Courtney attended the College of William and Mary and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. After graduation, she worked as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health while also cheering professionally for the Washington Capitals and has run 5 marathons, including qualifying for and running two Boston Marathons (2015 and 2018). Courtney published her first book in 2018; The Marathon We Live: Training for a Personal Best in Life with Type 1 Diabetes. She wanted to give back to the community so she Founded Every Step Counts Scholarship Program to recognize young adults for their efforts in management as they transition to independent care. Proceeds from The Marathon We Live Benefit Every Step Counts Scholarship Program and in the future, the program will expand by joining with a larger non-profit organization. She has so much going for herself. In the fall, she will attend the University of Virginia School of Medicine to continue her mission to give back to the medical community.
In her free time, she enjoys speaking. She has spoken as an athlete with T1D at the Wall Street Journal Health Forum, Fox 5 and ABC 7 News, Friends for Life Orlando, Camp Possibilities, and the TypeOneNation Research Summit.
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and learn more about the Every Step Counts Scholarship Program at http://everystepcountst1d.org
Courtney Duckworth, VA
Krystal was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in May of 1993, at the age of 11. When she was diagnosed, she experienced symptoms of high blood sugar, frequent urination, weight loss, and fatigue. For Krystal, she had to count carbs, be careful of what and how much she would consume, stick her finger 7 times a day before and after each meal, and give insulin shots 4 times a day. Due to not taking her diabetes serious, she was hospitalized every two weeks. Krystal states the hospital was her 1st home. She was told that she would never graduate and make it to college. Krystal graduated from high school in 2000 and from college with a double major medical assistant and pharmacy in 2014. She was told by 3 doctors that she would never bare children due to numerous times in DKA. Krystal was blessed with 4 beautiful children. Krystal has taught her children how to check her blood sugar and administer insulin.
Krystal tries to stay strong because she doesn’t want her children to see her stress. She has knots in her arms legs and belly from the insulin shots and dots in her my fingers from the finger sticks. Her children want her to enjoy desserts with them, but she must pass because she knows just the smallest piece of cake, pie, or scoop of ice-cream would shoot her blood sugar sky high. She enjoys activities with her kids, but sometimes must stop because her blood sugar would drop. Giving up isn’t an option for Krystal.
Meet Davon Geralds.
Davon was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at 27 years old. For him it came as shock. He has been active his whole life and chose mostly healthy foods. He learned that Diabetes can be caused simply from a one's genetics. For the first 2 years he allowed diabetes to run his life. Davon shared, “I feel sorry for myself and make excuses on why it was so hard to control my blood sugar”. Davon decided to take control of his diabetes through consistent exercise and learning how to eat a proper nutrition diet for a person living with Type 2 diabetes.
Meet Elijah J Thomas
Elijah was diagnosed with diabetes in December of 2008 at only 8 years old. He first started to realize something was wrong in November of 2008 when he became unusually exhausted and thirsty. His clothes started to fit loosely and he was unable to control his bladder overnight. Elijah and his mom decided to be proactive and seek medical care. They learned that all of the things he experienced were a result of being diabetic. Currently, he manages his condition by taking Humalog and using a Medtronic 670g insulin pump. He says “I am thankful for my mom and her sacrifices to keep me alive” and leaves us with this advice for others living with diabetes, “Test don’t guess.”
Meet Joe Berney
Joe has had type 1 diabetes for over 56 years requiring over 78,000 insulin injections, countless thousands of finger pricks, and is thankful to be “alive and kicking rather than feeling bitter or defeated!”
“Doctors often don’t get it,” he continued, “we’re not defined by our diabetes, we simply have to manage it while we live a life and pursue our dreams like anyone else.”
His life is a testament to his philosophy. He led the creation of the country’s first migrant farm worker training center, owned a game-changing company that opened key markets to industrial carbon reducing, job-creating energy efficiency, solar and energy storage retrofits, and just this year at age 64 ran for his first ever public office of county commissioner, defeating the conservative incumbent.
Berney said big pharma is making billions upon billions by keeping us in the diabetic condition rather than offering a cure, which he said is technologically possible right now. “We need to stop corporate profiteering off the sick and vulnerable and put into law Medicare for All immediately!”
And on a personal level, he says, “Never lose hope. Never give up. You matter!”