Josh Conant has been testing his blood sugar and using an insulin pump for six years and on Saturday morning he will tell his story about living with Type 1 diabetes in front of hundreds of his supporters.
“I do this for two reasons, one because I have it, and two because I want people here with diabetes and people living in under developed countries like Africa to find a cure,” said Conant.
He will speak at the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday at at the University of Tulsa Campus.
He has faced many challenges while controlling his condition.
“At school it's kind of weird because my pump, I think it has a mind of it's own,” said Conant. “It'll go off in the middle of class when everyone is quiet. It just goes do doo doo- and everyone turns and looks at me.”
Another time, when he was younger another student physically hurt him.
“This kid thought it was an MP3 player so he reached out snatched it and ripped it out and I was bleeding and it hurt,” said Conant. “I have to live with this pump. It is my pancreas- just outside of me.”
Conant does not get mad. Instead, he chooses to talk about his condition publically and teach people about what diabetes is and how it affects his life every minute of the day.
“It's your disease; how do you want to handle it,” said Conant’s mother, Melanie. She became a diabetic educator because she wanted to understand everything that her son was going through. She is proud of how he handles his diabetes.
“He just chose to be open about it,” said Melanie Conant. “He didn't freak out.”
She teaches diabetes education at Hillcrest Hospital. She is also an advocate for a cure and stands on the American Diabetes Association board. She explains to those who do not understand how deadly diabetes can be to a diabetic’s health.
“Your kidneys, your heart, your eyes, your auto immune system, it is all affected because your blood flows everywhere so it damages things over time and people do not understand that and it can be frustrating because I want everyone to know what it is about.”
Please come join Josh and his mother on Saturday morning at at The University of Tulsa campus to walk with hundreds of others as they support finding a cure and raising money to stop diabetes.
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