Here is part two of my interview with Mark Yaeger who is hiking the Appalachian Trail with type1 diabetes. If you haven’t heard the first interview or read the blog I wrote about it then make sure to check those out first! In this episode we discuss the following topics (I do use a little “colorful language” at various points during the conversation, so please be aware of that if you’re sensitive):

  • Risk management with  (and without) type 1 in the mix: diabetes alert tags and tattoos
  • Simplifying and downsizing: how it’s possible to do more with less
  • Sponsorship: it’s awesome to have but how does it change you?
  • Getting from there to here: where do you start if you are inspired to try a project this big?

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“Where do you want to sleep tonight? It’s gonna be dark soon…”

In LivingVertical news, we are currently entering a time of change and growth as we get ready to get on the road and pursue our own version of modern minimalism with diabetes in tow. Actually, the trailer will be in tow–the diabetes will ride up front with me. That said, there are many different things that could come out of this and I am sincerely interested to know what YOU get out of LivingVertical and what I can give YOU in return for your attention and time.

If you are willing to share your opinion via a quick survey check LivingVertical.org/blog and “Take the survey!”

I know these things take a little bit of time and may seem trivial–but I don’t see each person who rolls through this site. I don’t get to sit down and have a cup of coffee with you–and that’s probably for the best because our listenership and readership is growing and that would be WAY too much caffeine! But seriously, I have no way to know how I can give you more unless you tell me.

So…thank you in advance for that!

Coming up on episode 25 next week, I am going to interview Scott Cooper–a proud “non-compliant” diabetic athlete. No, this doesn’t mean that he refuses to take insulin and eats cupcakes all day–rather that he has a specific vision of what he can do and even at age 45 (24 years type 1) he is still pushing his limits in climbing and cycling. Of particular interest is the fact that his story isn’t a fairy tale–he’s had some major struggles. In the end, that is what fuels him to keep going.

So see you next week–and get outside and play!

Special thanks to the artists who created the music on this episode of the podcast: