A shout out to Jay Cutler, Quarterback for the Denver Broncos, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We want you to know that those of us who also live with diabetes, support you and are thrilled that you have such a positive attitude!
The Denver Postannounced Friday that Jay Cutler was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, and Jay made the following observations…”It’s a little overwhelming to get that news and realize you’re going to have to completely change your life,” said Cutler, who accepted his fate after a few days.
“It’s not something that’s going to go away,” Cutler said. “It’s something I’m going to have to deal with my entire life and you’ve got to come to grips with that.”
He said he never worried about his career being in jeopardy. “No. That’s the first thing they said to me: ‘It’s going to affect your lifestyle a little bit, but you’ll be able to continue to play football,’” Cutler said. “I’m not the first athlete to get diabetes and I won’t be the last.”
“It’s a big adjustment,” Cutler said. “You’re 25 years old, you’re used to eating whatever you want, doing whatever you want. If you want to go out to lunch, go ahead and go. Now, you’re counting carbs and eating healthier and injecting insulin at the table. You’ve got to have your insulin, your needles, your glucose meter, yeah, it’s a big change. But it’s something you have to deal with.”
Ten years ago, my sister and I met Jay Leeuwenburg, a Professional Football Player and Type 1 Diabetic, who inspired me and now offering his positive advice to Jay Cutler. Jay Leeuwenburg said, “This does not have to be a football-ending disease,” There are plenty of pro-athletes, actors, actresses, musicians, and singers, who all live with this diseases and have continued to have successful careers.
Jay, if you ever read this, just check out all the people associated with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization that donates 85-87 cents of every dollar to curing diabetes through research.
Goodluck and we’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Always Praying for a Cure…