Tony Cervati, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8.
“I was diagnosed by my pediatrician, Dr. Calderone. When he told us, I remember thinking that diabetes was something that old people got. I don't know why I thought that as I didn't know anyone with diabetes eat that time. I remember two specific things that he told me that day. First, my Mom was wondering how she was going to monitor what I ate at birthday parties and such. He instructed my mom to "let him eat cake". Right or wrong, that stuck in my mind all of these years because it indicated to me that although I had diabetes I could live a normal life. The second thing he told me was "that I would turn out healthier than most people as I would see doctors more often". I came to learn years later that this was true. I could use certain aspects of being a person with diabetes as an advantage, rather than consider it a liability. Seeing the doctor more often has helped me to learn more about my health, catch any illnesses earlier, and develop a better relationship with medical professionals. Furthermore, diabetes has forced me to pay more attention to my diet and exercise patterns.”
Today, Tony is Founder/CEO of Type1Rider.org and uses racing and cycling event participation as a vehicle to convey information and data about daily management, training, riding, techniques, and technologies available in order to improve living life to the fullest as a person with diabetes.