Heidi-Jane James lives down yonder, in New Zealand (NZ). She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1992, and it has never slowed her down. Last fall, we had the opportunity to meet in real life after a year or two of knowing each other through the greater diabetes online community. Heidi-Jane flew halfway across the world to compete in the Ironman of Madison, WI with her teammates on TeamWILD (We Inspire Life with Diabetes). Heidi-Jane is the fastest, fiercest competitor on the team and someday hopes to qualify for the Ironman in Kona, HI. Watching her bike, swim, and run from 7 a.m. until almost midnight was incredible. Her tenacity and determination is what makes her, in my opinion, a diabetes powerhouse. Check out her blog: Type-1 Tri-Girl
Ginger: Heidi-Jane! What is your “diabetes story”?
Heidi-Jane: I started running when I was only 7 years old, following in the footsteps of my father who ran in races from the 400 meter sprint to marathons. I wanted to be just like him. I became ranked #1 in NZ by 1992 (at age 14 years old). It was that year on December 24th that I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. After two months of easing into life with diabetes, and regaining all of the weight I had lost, I started running again–slowly.
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