Laura Ely

My name is Laura Ely and I am a member of both the Team Type 1 – SANOFI Triathlon team and Women’s Cycling team.  I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 4 years old and as of this January 2012 I’ll have had diabetes for 23 years!  Growing up I was extremely shy about having diabetes.  All of that changed for me after attending a diabetes camp where for the first time in my life I met other kids who had the disease.  We learned the importance of having PMA or a Positive Mental Attitude not just with diabetes but all things in life. I really took that message home with me and from there on out embraced life with diabetes.

In late 2008 I joined Team Type 1 and the experiences I’ve had with the team, both racing and off the bike have been amazing.  I am so honored to be a part of this trip to Rwanda. While living in the US (or any developed country for that matter) it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have access to so many wonderful doctors and supplies such as rapid acting insulins, pump, CGMs, even glucose tabs.  We often forget that people live with diabetes all around the world and that the way we treated diabetes ages ago that is now very outdated in the US is still standard care in most 3rd world countries.  To me that is the importance of coming to Rwanda so that those of us who are fortunate enough to have enough supplies to test our blood sugars on a daily basis can share, educate and really, save the lives of others who are not as blessed as we are.  I hope that you enjoy reading the posts from myself and others on the team!
About Team Type 1 in Rwanda
Team Type 1-SANOFI returns to Rwanda for a second year to compete at the 2011 Tour of Rwanda and spread the message that people with diabetes can live normal and productive lives with access to the essentials of diabetes care. In a country where diabetes is a death sentence, Team Type 1 will deliver blood glucose meters and over 100,000 test strips to patients in need, and also conduct diabetes care training sessions with patients and healthcare professionals across the country.

Team Type 1 will be joined by U.S. Embassy representative Jim Greene and singer/songwriter J.R. Richards of the alternative rock band Dishwalla whose son has Type 1 diabetes.  Richards will play a concert at a special event to be held for the team at the Embassy and perform for fans at the finish of each stage of the Tour.  Diabetes education will be led by leading endocrinologist and founder of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (, Dr. Steven Edelman, who brings his expertise to the local caregivers about prevention, early detection and aggressive management of diabetes and its complications.

The men’s professional cycling team, which includes athletes with Type 1 diabetes, will compete in the eight day tour while Team Type 1-SANOFI’s development team will participate as diabetes ambassadors, riding the route each day in advance of the official start and meeting healthcare providers and patients in each district.

About Team Type 1
Based in Atlanta, GA, Team Type 1 began as a grassroots initiative to motivate people to take control of their diabetes using cycling as a platform.  Partnering with global healthcare leader, SANOFI, it grew to become a world-class athletic program for elite athletes with diabetes across cycling, running and triathlon, including a professional men’s cycling team competing highest levels of the sport. Today, it is a global sports organization radically changing the lives of people around the world with diabetes through racing, groundbreaking research, international outreach and humanitarian initiatives in developing countries.


One thought on “Laura Ely

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Laura!
    I now know why I have not heard from you! I did not realize that I needed to register to get blog updates!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s