Inspiration can come from anywhere, anyplace, and anyone. However, when you share a similar obstacle in life with someone, the message they deliver can be even more of an inspiration. Seeing someone who has in fact accomplished his or her goals, despite difficulties along the way, is truly an inspiration to work towards your dreams no matter what.
Gary Hall Jr. is an olympic swimmer with 5 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medals. Born into a successful swimming family, he worked his way up until he eventually made it to the Olympics! However, while training for his second Olympic games, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was told he would not be able to swim as well ever again. But he proved everyone wrong by coming back to win 6 more medals in his next 2 Olympic games, swimming faster than he ever had before!
In our May support group, Penpals United was blessed with the honor of having Gary Hall Jr. as a guest! He visited all of our support groups via Oovoo, and after a brief overview of his life and accomplishments with diabetes, took questions from our audience! Gary Hall Jr. gave hope to everyone who attended the meetings. Not only was his delivery profound, but his message was an inspiration. He proved that despite any obstacles that come in your way and no matter who doubts you, you can achieve your goals with dedication and determination. When hearing how diabetes does not let Gary Hall Jr. stop him from living his life the way he wants to, everyone in the audience felt a sense of enthusiasm and motivation; empowered to reach their own dreams. He not only inspired others to make an effort to live a happy and healthy life, but also inspired everyone to help others live happily as well.
Some of Gary Hall's responses to questions from the sites in India stressed the message that working diligently to manage your diabetes is a crucial part of living a successful life with diabetes. He explained how important it is to stay healthy, and also that managing your diabetes will also only help you in other aspects of life, such as your sport, profession, or education. He said that with his family and friend's constant support, we can all can get through the hard and discouraging times that diabetes challenges us all with. Gary Hall Jr. inspired everyone in the audience to live healthily and happily, to reach their goals, and to help others achieve their dreams as well.
Gary Hall Jr. connected with us all in a unique and personal way, and I know that everyone who attended the meetings felt empowered to live their life as extraordinarily as he has! Penpals United felt honored to have such an amazing inspiration at our support group, and Gary Hall Jr. has truly empowered us all to try and live a successful life!
Click the following link to see the video of Gary Hall Jr. visiting our support groups!
Hello everyone! I'm Hannah! I'm 16 years old and have been living a normal life with type 1 diabetes for 10 years! I'm so excited to share the journey of Penpals United with you through our blog!