Support for Softball Player Kicked off Team for Having Type 1 Diabetes

On Facebook, there was a lot of talk about our story of a softball player kicked off a team because of Type 1 diabetes. Here are some of the top comments*:

Honey, you fight them all the way! Don’t give up.
-Becky I.

As a Type 1 diabetic since the age of five, I never sat out a game, practice, or competition of any sport I participated in. My parents treated me as if I was just like all the other kids and made sure I was never alienated or treated differently. I became a three-sport varsity athlete in high school (soccer, track, basketball), a skilled ballet dancer, and an incredibly successful human. I wish the same for this little feisty diabetic athlete!
-Kath G.

My 14-year-old son was diagnosed and hospitalized 3/18/16. The very next weekend, he was on the mound for opening day with his baseball team.
-Julia J.

Suing and ranting and demanding retribution and “fair treatment” is a waste of energy and a lot of money for everyone! If we went after every stupid person who violates a right through ignorance and fear we would all be spending our entire lives tilting at windmills. Her parents did the best thing by getting her on another team. and that coach had learned a valuable lesson. No point suing him or the league – it only hurts the kids who just want to play ball.
-Sara F.

What a completely ignorant statement by the coach! I’m glad she kicked ass against her old team!
-Carl S.

My son played soccer with Type 1 and managed quite well. Ridiculous to not let her play – discrimination at its worst.
-Tim W.

Discrimination is the norm. While the bulk of people want ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) protection for Type 1 diabetes, I believe what we really need is the costs of insulin pumps and CGMs fully covered. Then insulin reactions and highs won’t force us into not being able to participate.
-Christa T.

All I can say is “Ron Santo”. Keep playing ball!
-Vito S.

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Craig Idlebrook is a past editor for Insulin Nation, Type 2 Nation, and Información Sobre Diabetes. He is now the community engagement and content manager for T1D Exchange.

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