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Looking for a dose of Monday morning inspiration? If you’re a college hoops fan, you’ll know that Baylor’s Lady Bears took the victory in last night’s NCAA championships over the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. What you may not know is that star forward Lauren Cox, who helped lead the team to victory both on-court and off (after a third-quarter injury), has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 14 years, having been diagnosed when she was seven.
According to team trainer Alex Olson, he and the rest of the Baylor staff took a “crash course in diabetes education” when Cox committed to the program, ensuring apple juice is always on hand to treat lows and downloading the readings from Cox’s continuous glucose monitor each week to study with her endocrinologist so adjustments can be made to her meal plan and insulin schedule.
“This is something I’ll have to manage for the rest of my life. But it doesn’t have to be debilitating,” says Cox. “The biggest thing people need to understand is that it doesn’t have to define you. I control it — it doesn’t control me.”
Our congratulations to Cox and the rest of the Lady Bears!