“You can’t really start making strides forward until you start telling yourself that maybe [having Type 1 Diabetes] makes you stronger, or maybe you wouldn’t be the person you are [without it]. Looking back on 13 years of diabetes, I don’t think I would be physically where I am, or mentally where I am if I wasn’t diagnosed. So, in a weird roundabout way, I appreciate the fact that I got it.” – Brendan Synder
When Brendan was 11 years old, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. From trying to live like a regular teenager, to balancing Type 1 while playing college rugby, and his current pursuit of qualifying for the CrossFit Games regionals, Brendan provides a snapshot into the challenges of daily life and training with Type 1 Diabetes. Brendan received his BSN from Keene State College where he was also the captain of the rugby team. Brendan began his CrossFit journey at Feral Fitness in Saratoga Spring, NY. He currently lives in Memphis, TN where he works as an RN on the medical specialty unit at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and trains at CrossFit Hit and Run.
In this episode we discuss:
- Defining Type 1 vs. Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- How Brendan was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T2DM) while out of the US on a family vacation
- His first impressions of the diagnosis and his attempts to maintain a normal life as a teenager
- Exercising with T1DM through his teen years, college rugby, and current CrossFit training
- His experience training in a garage gym, affiliates, and the impact of the CrossFit community
- Moving to Memphis, TN and transitioning to adult life
- His experience working as a night shift pediatric nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
- Using his personal experience to help patients with T1DM and their families
- The evolution of Brendan’s approach to nutrition from his teen years, through college, as an adult and now working with a nutrition coach
- His current training schedule and competitive CrossFit goals
- Three things Brendan does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
- One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Brendan’s health
- What a healthy life looks like to him
You can follow Brendan’s journey and connect with him on Instagram.
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