Sage Donnelly is a star in the world of whitewater kayaking taking home titles such as the Canoe and Kayak Magazine's 2014 Female Paddler of the Year, currently the World Freestyle Jr. Women's Champion, the US 2014 C1 Women's National Slalom Champion, and many more in honor of the U.S. She is also only 16 years old. Impressed yet?
U.S. World Kayaker With Type 1 Diabetes
- Krakow, Poland: Age 15, Canoe and Kayak Jr. world Championships, USA Team tent
- Bratislava, Slovakia: Age 16, European Canoe and Kayak Jr. Cup,
- Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil: Age 14, Canoe and Kayak Slalom Jr. World Championships
- Beachburg, Canada: Age 15, winning the Jr. Womenís Freestyle World Championship
- Pau, France: Age 15, Canoe and Kayak World Cup #3
- La Seu, Spain: Age 15, Canoe and Kayak World Cup #2 Parade of athletes
Sage has not let her diabetes control her life
She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 3 years old. She shared a family history of the disease with her grandfather, who passed away from complications.
As a young child Sage always had a sense of adventure. While many of us were still learning how to walk, Sage skied her first double black diamond on the ski slopes at the age of 5. Her thrill from the mountains made her an avid rock climber, counting Yosemite's Munjenella as one of her favorite route.
Kayaking remains her favorite sport. Her extraordinarily proud mom (who wouldn't be?) lead the family down numerous class 2 and 3 rapids. A skill many of us will never conquer, Sage learned to roll her kayak at the age of 7 and has been unstoppable ever since.
Difficulties Securing Supplies Abroad
Sage's mom and DiabetesAbroad connected over a discussion on vacation overrides for medical supplies. For those that have not used one, a "vacation override" allows your pharmacy to provide an extended supply of medical equipment if you plan to be out of the country for a period of time.
The issue is what happens when you are consistently out of the country?
Her mom discusses the limitations of the single-use of vacation overrides: "I am allowed only 1 override a year, and that is for an additional 1 month supply." One of the ways to overcome this situation is switching medical deliveries to be 3-month supplies. The founder of DiabetesAbroad, Erik, uses this technique.
A few companies and Sage's pediatric endocrinologist help fill in the gaps while she is traveling the world representing the U.S. in the sport of kayaking. Her mom has tried to explain the situation to insurance companies with no avail.
We wish Sage the best of luck as she takes on the world in freestyle and slalom kayaking. Thank you for representing the U.S. and keep going!
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