Monday, August 16, 2010

First Round pick diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

Dylan Covey will not sign with the Brewers and will attend the University of San Diego where he can stay closer to home and learn to live with the disease. It isn't a disease that can be cured by taking a pill or even chemo like cancer. It is a life long disease that will cause a lifestyle change. Only 5-10% of Diabetics have type 1 or juvenile diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes should really have a different name. Most poeple think that diabetes is a disease of the fat, overweight and lethargic. That's type II diabetes, not anywhere near the same disease. It causes a similar symotom, that is all. It is not known what causes the disease but it is caused by the failure of the pancreas and can be fatal. I am thankful Covey had the bloodowork done during his physical and I hope it is very early on in the onset. From here on Covey will likely have to wear an insulin pump and stab himself routinely to insert sites to pump in insulin along with checking his blood. It is not something that makes it impossible to succeed though. Brandon Morrow recently proved that.
This is something near to me, as my wife has had Type I since she was 1.5 years old. I met her 3.5 years ago and it has changed my life. I respect anyone who can succeed with diabetes because it is something you can never take a break from.

I wish Covey all the best and hope he has a great run at USD and can repeat his 1st round status in 3 years. More can be found here at Baseball Beginnings about Covey's situation.
If you are interested in helping find a cure for this disease, please go to the Children's Diabetes Foundation and donate..

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