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Alicia de la Rosa grew up in San Diego, Ca and ventured across the country to Philadelphia, Pa for college, where she graduated with a Bachelors in Film. Diagnosed a little over 2 years ago, she is determined to live the life she always wanted and not let this disease hold her back. She’s a huge sucker for sunsets and escapes to the beach anytime she can, to tan, run, or just listen to the peaceful sounds of the ocean. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, which typically involves stuffing her face at new locally owned restaurants or exploring the great outdoors. Traveling around the world and exposing herself to all sorts of cultures has always been a strong desire of hers and she’ll be taking new adventures soon. She obtained her travel bug from her mother, who was her strongest supporter and encouraged Alicia to apply for this team. Alicia holds dear to her heart the memory of her mother and knows she’ll be there in spirit experiencing the North Coast Trail with her. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a motivating and enthusiastic team of those with Type 1 diabetes who wish to make a difference in the Type 1 diabetes community. She’s excited about this trek and to make new Type 1 friends with the same adventurous interests.
The idea of backpacking in the wilderness drew me to apply for this trip. It’s something that I’ve never done before and am excited to do. I had applied with the intention of using this trip as my kick start to traveling around the world, and setting off immediately after this adventure.
It’s important because I have a huge love for traveling and shared that love with my mother. She was my biggest supporter in applying for this trip and Canada is one place that she didn’t explore herself.
I had a tear in my labrum and had to have hip surgery.
It’s important to me because it allows for people to have a sense of belonging and connections with more people than just family or initial friends. It gives us a support system and the knowledge that we aren’t battling this disease alone. There are so many people fighting Type 1 diabetes and it’s possible for every one of us to live out the lives we’ve always dreamed of and that encouragement from people who know what you’re going through is very helpful.
The desire to explore this part of the world ever since I was young and the chance to do so with other individuals with Type 1 diabetes was what drove me to apply for this trip!
I am excited to explore and experience a landscape that I haven’t before!
My right foot has been to Mexico.
To me the Type 1 diabetes community means three things:
There is a certain diabetic to diabetic relationship that is hard to explain. Essentially, if you meet another Type 1 diabetic, you instantly become friends. Perhaps, it’s an every challenge that one must endure, and a good day is practically a normal day for someone without Type 1 diabetes. Anyways, my passion lies in the diabetic community and portraying a positive atmosphere for those living with diabetes. Truly, my ideal career would be an endocrinologist and focusing my time working with diabetic patients. I believe I speak for every diabetic individual, that it’s frustrating to speak to your endocrinologist (who is not diabetic) to get diabetic advice. It’s kind of like getting car advice/ buying a car from an accountant. They are knowledgeable but are not working with cars every day. (Bad analogy) but this trip is important to me because I will be able to say to my patients, I did this and you can too. A big characteristic for a leader is certainly leading by example, and that is what I want to do. Positive energy creates positive atmosphere!
Being a diabetic in a non-diabetic world is scary, lonesome and strenuous. Having a strong community is so important for one’s health, both physically and mentally!
Hiking around the world has always been a passion of mine. Having Canada celebrate its 150th anniversary prompted me to take an epic trip to visit the country and explore it with CIM.
I believe that people are able to achieve anything. My life’s work is to prove that we can go anywhere in the world with this disease. To get to the start of this trip, I’ll be biking 4,500 miles across America and into Vancouver and this trip is the icing on the cake.
I’ve celebrated three new years in one calendar year: the Ethiopian new year on Sept 11th, the Thai new year known as Songkran on April 13th and then new years in New York City.
This disease can be isolating because Type 1 diabetics can hide their disease from others. Having a community makes sure we can support each other during the low periods in life, while coming together to celebrate the high moments as well. Of course, puns intended.
I love yoga!
Having a connected community is so important to me because together we can raise awareness and money for something we are passionate about. Connecting with others who have similar mindsets, interests, and goals is important to me. My community has been very supportive over the years participating in various fundraising events to bring us closer to better technology for fighting this disease and a cure!
I love the Connected In Motion group of people. They’re an amazing bunch of people who direct the group and the members of the community themselves. Since this is my “half-life” with Diabetes (diagnosed at 18, 18 years ago), I decided that something EPIC and SPECTACULAR needed to help me celebrate. This fit the bill perfectly. All that, and I love the outback, being with nature and haven’t been to British Columbia in AGES!
The planning, prep work, and training involved in the lead-up to the trip are enormous. Physical training, mental preparation, and organization in making sure everything is ready to go. I want to be able to be ready to enjoy as much as I can, knowing my body has been properly prepared so my mind can truly enjoy the experience, capture all the good stuff happening around me, and form lasting lifelong relationships with those who literally will be helping me survive this trip.
Because the Type 1 diabetes community understands best. They’ve been through it. They know it, or they will because you can help guide them through it. They feel the weight of diabetes on the shoulders. They know the 2 AM lows, the “hangry” moment when you could eat the ENTIRE FRIDGE of food. And most of all, it’s acceptance that they know we’re all the same that way. People… humans… we are meant to live together with other people. We’re part of a larger “pack”. We need interaction with others, and I guess the Diabetes community gives us a starting point for every conversation… something that is the same, right off the bat. An instant connection to something we both/all have, but nobody really asked to be given. And something that we are all battling at the same time… and can relate to one another with just a simple look, a nod or an expression. Something that binds us together like some sugary form of insulin-based glue.
Learning from others and celebrating the small daily victories we all go through together is very important to me. My family is very supportive, but having people who really get it is awesome. Being diagnosed was really scary, so it’s nice to know that others are doing awesome things even with diabetes in tow!