Inspirational memoir from a champion cyclist about overcoming a bleak diagnosis of diabetes and rising to the top—on his bike and in life.
Southerland was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age. As a teenager, he dreamed of creating an organization to help those who were similarly afflicted. As an adult, he took the first steps toward his dream by founding Team Type 1, a competitive cycling troop comprised entirely of Type 1 diabetics that has won a number of championships. Cashing in on his status as a renowned athlete, Southerland began distributing medical supplies and campaigning for diabetes awareness around the world on a scale that surpassed even his wildest teen dreams. Here, the author describes a harrowing and sickly childhood, during which he was dragged from doctor to doctor, each prognosis gloomier than the last. He recalls the personal challenges he faced and overcame on a daily basis in dealing with his diagnosis, which inherently laid the foundation for the strength, will and fortitude it took for him to become a champion athlete. The author's passion for cycling and drive to excel became blueprints for controlling his disease and living a healthy life. This motivational coming-of-age story veers between inspiration and action. Southerland's accounts of cycling tournaments are so vividly portrayed, and his optimistic and humorous tone is appropriate for any age group.Uplifting book for any person struggling with hardships and looking for the strength to overcome.