Kyle O'Reilly On Diabetes Awareness Month: "Having This Device Makes Me Feel Like A Cyborg" (Photos)

WWE Photos & Videos |By Matt Boone |Mon, November 4, 2019 - 12:22PM EST
Kyle O'Reilly Talks Diabetes Awareness Month (11/4/2019)

A current NXT title-holder and member of The Undisputed ERA, Kyle O'Reilly, has taken some time out of his busy schedule to talk about something that is very personally important to him -- Diabetes Awareness Month.

The NXT star and one-half of the current NXT Tag-Team Champions along with Bobby Fish released a heartfelt statement on his Instagram early this morning for diabetes awareness month, where the Undisputed Era member spoke about living with type-1 diabetes and the importance of having a strong support system.

O'Reilly also showed off a glucose monitor device that he wears on his arm that essentially serves as a lifeline before recalling how he defied the odds when doctors told him he could never be a pro-wrestler.

"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."

Check out Kyle O'Reilly's full statement below.



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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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