TT1 Global Ambassador Hunter Sego
Junior, Depauw University
Originally from Madison, IN, Hunter Sego is in his first year playing football at DePauw University. Leading up to this diagnosis with ype 1 diabetes a month before his eighth birthday, Sego remembers a period where he was constantly thirsty, wetting the bed and feeling sick at school. Theinitial challenge he faced was fitting in with his peers. When he couldn’t eat like his classmates and constantly had to check his blood glucose levels that diabetes was taking him away from the things he loved
Initially, Sego was afraid his diagnosis would prevent him from playing football but it was actually the support from his coaches and doctors that kept him going. He made a deal with his doctors: as long as he managed his diabetes, they would support his athletic dreams. Because he was always told to chase his dreams, he never saw his condition as an obstacle.
Similar to other athletes with type 1, Sego says diabetes taught him responsibility and self-control. Since he managed his diabetes independently at home, his transition to a university setting wasn’t challenging. He explained his condition to his coaches and roommates and felt that because most of these people already knew someone living with diabetes, his condition never was an issue with the team.
Even before his involvement with TT1, Sego has been deeply rooted in increasing awareness for the type 1 community. He has spoken to Congress multiple times, and his lobbying helped pass the Safe at School Act, or “Hunter’s Law,” a piece of legislation that now allows all students to carry and administer supplies wherever they are.
Sego hopes that with the continuous improvements in technology and resources, there will be more progress made in developing countries where access to medicine and diabetes education is lacking.