In July 2009, at age 32, Jody Barton was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Her doctor told her that life as she knew it was over and Jody would no longer be able to do the things she loved like running, swimming, biking, backpacking and being active. Jody, who was an elite athlete on the U.S. National Women’s Skeleton Team, didn’t let that stop her. With perseverance, she was able to channel her love of sports to help her take the steps to continue living the active lifestyle she knew so well.
In November 2013, Jody competed in the Midnight Sun Bodybuilding Competition where she placed 1st in her height class and won the title of Overall Women’s Figure Champion. This achievement required her dedication to her diabetes management, focus on nutrition and adhering to a rigorous training plan. Competing in the event represented the culmination of all that Jody had learned about living with diabetes, accepting the challenges it brought and overcoming her fears.
Learning how to live with type 1 diabetes has shown Jody that her life did not end the day she was diagnosed. Jody’s passion and commitment to raising awareness about diabetes and the importance of managing one’s disease is why she is helping the American Diabetes Association further our movement to Stop Diabetes®.