Sunday, December 10, 2006

All about Adam

I talked about him last year. He's my very favorite NBA player. He may make me love the number 35, much like someone I know who has a thing for the number 33.

Yes, I'm talking about Adam Morrison.

Adam has Type 1 diabetes and is playing basketball at the professional level. I just think that is awesome. You know what else is awesome? He plays for the Charlotte Bobcats right in my very own home state of North Carolina. I would love to go see him play. I looked up tickets on the internet and quickly learned that I will not be seeing him play in person, unless I would like to sell my car or something to do so. (I didn't realize how much tickets actually cost.)

Want to know more about Adam? Check out what wikipedia has to say. Or you can go to his Lifescan site, Diabetes and Food. Or you can go here to watch a video of him.
I can't say enough about this guy. From what I can tell he's trying to step up and be an advocate for diabetes. I love that someone can bring this disease out into the spotlight.

I love to watch him play. Whenever he's on TV, I'm glued to the screen. To me, he's proof that Riley can do whatever he wants.

"Hi, I’m Adam Morrison. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was in the eighth grade. My doctor told me then that, even with diabetes, I’d still be able to play in the NBA (National Basketball Association). I was determined to prove him right. Today, I want to show people with diabetes that it’s possible to live a healthy life and to follow your dreams. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. I exercise, take my medication, watch what I eat and test my blood sugar regularly. My goal is to keep my blood sugar in a healthy range to help me avoid complications. I'm not perfect, and I find food can be a challenge. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up the foods you love, but it is important to understand how food choices and portions affect your blood sugar."

Yes, I think 35 is now my favorite number.


Anonymous said...

Good entry, Penny. I like to point parents of newly diagnosed kids to people like Adam because even more than the kids (especially when they are young), the parents need to know there is hope... and as their kid gets older, they are able to then refer back to those role models within the d-community at the times when they most need it.

Anonymous said...

Adam is very cool. I love when people advocate in public. I know it is a personal decision. When I see someone who has a disease and hides it that is in a position to make a change for the better, it just kills me. I am glad he has decided to be our superman for the moment.

Anonymous said...

That is super. Now whats even better i now have a Faveorite NBA team and player!

Scott K. Johnson said...

Way cool.

I like how he points out that he is not perfect, and finds that food can be a challenge.

I'm so in touch with that!

Anonymous said...

Hello Penny.......It is important to have Role Models. People who are Intelligent, Respect their Bodies, Motivated, Respect Life and are able to make a Positive Contribution to other people's lives.That is why Adam Morrison is special.

Anonymous said...

Adam is a great story and someone I will tell Charlie about. NHL hockey player Nick Boynton of the Phoenix Coyotes is another professional athlete with diabetes.

Kerri. said...

Adam Morrison is terrific in that he is real about his disease but doesn't let it keep him from reaching his goals.

I'll cave in a little on this one: Both No. 33 and No. 35 are mad cool. :)