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Gymnastics with Type 1 Diabetes

Organized by: Leticia Bair

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Lisette is a vivacious & spunky little girl. She has always been fascinated with and wanted to participate in gymnastics. Her parents made her wait until she was 5 years old to start taking classes. She worked hard, advanced quickly and starting competing in 2nd grade.

In the fall of third grade, her parents and coaches starting getting worried about her as she seemed to be getting thinner and tiring more quickly than usual. Her parents took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Her sugar & ketone levels were so high, she was sent directly to the hospital for several days, where Lisette and her parents learned all about what having diabetes meant.

Lisette was very concerned about her gymnastics; she did NOT want to quit! She had to take several weeks off of practice and then started going back only half-time, with lots of monitoring. It took a while to figure out how to manage gymnastics with diabetes, especially at meets! 

We were all impressed at how well she handled having diabetes and at her perseverance in the sport she loves. She ended the season winning first place at the Oregon state meet and becoming the State Champion in All-Around, Floor, and Vault.

She has continued competing and this spring at the state meet, she was the State Champion in All-Around, Floor, Vault, and Beam, with a close 2nd on Bars. She had the highest all-around score of not only her own age group, but also the highest score of ALL ages of Oregon gymnasts at her level. Her determination is simply amazing! She is now starting her first year competing in Optionals.

Unfortunately, her father lost his job this summer and has not been able to secure another job yet. With five children to provide for, her parents are having to consider pulling her out of gymnastics because of the expense. Lisette desperately wants to keep competing and would greatly appreciate any amount you might be able to donate to her gym fund. She will quite literally FLIP for your support! :D


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