As it happened, I recently finished a book that was recommended to me by a fellow type 2 diabetic. It was “Not Dead Yet: My Race Against Disease: From Diagnosis to Dominance” by Phil Southerland.
When Phil was a child, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His mother was told that he would either be dead or blind by the time he was 25. Despite this prediction, he went on to be a world class professional cycle racer and founded a professional cycle racing team: Team Type 1 (now Team Novo Nordisk).
I found the book to be very good and quite enlightening … on multiple levels.
First, and foremost, it gave me a peak into the life of someone with type 1 diabetes.
The struggles of managing blood glucose levels on a daily basis are daunting … even more so for a professional athlete.
Secondly, it gave me insight into the world of professional cycle racing. Even though I’ve gotten more seriously into cycling … I never really paid attention to pro racing. This book actually inspired me to record the Tour de France on the TiVo.
I would recommend this book for anyone who …
- has diabetes (type 1 or type 2).
- is interested in cycling.
- would like to read a very inspirational story about overcoming adversary.
Or any combination of the above.
You an purchase the book at amazon.com here.