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Meet Chelsea Gelbart

Young professional by day, mountain climber by weekend

MY HARDEST CLIMB

 

It was April 2015, and I was climbing Mt. Whitney in California and training for a much more rigorous climb of Mt. Blanc in France. I had always dreamed of summiting Mt. Blanc and had received a grant for the climb through the American Alpine club. During the Mt. Whitney climb, I felt horrible but chalked it up to the altitude sickness since I started feeling a little better on the way down. When I got home, I still wasn’t feeling well. I was extremely thirsty and visiting the bathroom a lot more than usual. Soon after that climb, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 24.

 

CGM FIRST

 

I walked into my endocrinologist’s office and said ‘what do I need to do to get this under control so I can continue to climb?’ My endo and diabetes educator became my team. They said they’ll help me get there, but first I needed a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System. Although my diagnosis was overwhelming, I decided to focus on my goals to keep climbing. My family and supporters helped me remain focused and continue on with my dreams.  

“Some days, diabetes feels like a mountain – some days it’s like a bunny hill. ”

Climbing partners

Once I got started on the Dexcom CGM System, I fell into a rhythm right away. By seeing the glucose readings every 5 minutes, I quickly understood how my body was working and how food and exercise affected my glucose levels.  It was because of climbing that I also became aware of the role altitude played in my glucose levels. The Dexcom CGM Systems quickly became a vital part of my climbing tool kit.

 

Climbing up and moving forward

Getting to a place where I was following through on these promises I made to myself to do the Mt. Blanc climb – and to do it now – really meant a lot to me. I proved to myself that although I have diabetes, I can still accomplish my dreams and live life to the fullest. Without the Dexcom CGM System, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable going on these climbs so quickly. It has been an invaluable tool since the beginning. 

 

Since being diagnosed, I have decided that I wanted to contribute and be part of 

diabetes care and research.  To help achieve this goal, I have decided to go to 

nursing school and become a nurse practitioner.  

 

Diabetes is hard. But now I have the opportunity to encourage other people to do more research and really dig deeper.  By having a tool like the Dexcom CGM System, it allows me to empower myself to take control of my diabetes.

 

“What I’ve learned is that it’s important to change the challenge into an opportunity. ”

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