Kyle O’Reilly shares his story to raise diabetes awareness

Kyle O’Reilly shares his story to raise diabetes awareness

Doctors once told Kyle O’Reilly that a career in sports-entertainment would be impossible because of diabetes.

Now he’s an NXT Tag Team Champion and using his platform to spread awareness about the disease.

With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, O’Reilly took the opportunity to open up about living with type 1 diabetes on Instagram, sharing an image of the continuous glucose monitor (CGM) he wears on his arm.

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I’ve never been super candid or vocal about living with type 1 diabetes but since November is Diabetes awareness month I figured it was my responsibility to share some things that may help somebody else. This device on my arm is a continuous glucose monitor and it is basically my life line. I know how hard it can be living with diabetes. Injecting insulin or constantly stabbing your finger to test your blood at what always seems to be the prime inopportune moment. There are so many variables that make living with this disease difficult and every day is a struggle to maintain healthy blood sugars. I’ve been inspired recently by @chrisruden and @the_t1d_firefighter two guys who are very comfortable in their skin and are very open about living with type 1 diabetes. I’ve been reminded that nobody has to travel this road on their own and having a support system is critical in diabetes management. Although there is no cure, medical technology continues to advance and having the @eversensecgm CGM become a part of my life has really changed the game for me. I know how self conscious one can be with pump wires hanging out of your shirt or having to draw and inject insulin in the middle of a crowded restaurant, but that’s life. And having this device makes me feel like a cyborg which is cool too. If you or somebody you know struggles with this disease you’ve got someone cheering you on. If you care for a child with diabetes let them know they can achieve anything. Doctors told me a career in pro-wrestling would be impossible. I’m an NXT tag-team champion now. This is a mental grind as much as it is a physical grind and take each day with a new perspective and chance to be better than you were yesterday. #beunstoppable #teamtype1

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“I’ve never been super candid or vocal about living with type 1 diabetes but since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, I figured it was my responsibility to share some things that may help somebody else,” he wrote.

“I know hard it can be living with diabetes,” O’Reilly added. “Injecting insulin or constantly stabbing your finger to test your blood at what always seems to be the prime inopportune moment. There are so many variables that make living with this disease difficult and every day is a struggle to maintain healthy blood sugars.”

A CGM allows for constant tracking of blood sugar levels, automatically collecting readings and determining trends and patterns to provide better insight into someone’s condition.

Writing that it “changed the game” for him, O’Reilly added that “having this device makes me feel like a cyborg, which is cool too.”

“This is a mental grind as much as it is a physical grind … take each day with a new perspective and chance to be better than you were yesterday,” he wrote.

O’Reilly, who is in the midst of his third reign with the NXT Tag Team Titles, will represent The Undisputed ERA and the black-and-gold brand with Bobby Fish when they take on Raw Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match at Survivor Series on Sunday, Nov. 24, live at 7 ET/4 PT on WWE Network.

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