For quite a few years now, I have been blessed to be a part of the Canadian Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conferences. At these events, I get to talk to many wonderful people and enjoy conversations with amazing individuals. It was at one of those events that I first met Mike Fisher. He was a seemingly quite young man with a sweet smile and a story that would amaze you. It was his story that brought him to the event--to inspire and empower our children. He has continued to do so for a number of years since.
As an adventurous young teen of 18, Mike Fisher took a friend's motorcycle for a ride. Thanks to an error made by the driver in the car in front of him, he was in a life threatening accident that resulted in the loss of his leg. While in recovery, he reminded his mother that his shifting leg was still good and that, to me, set the stage to show what a resilient young man he would be, could be, and is!
Mike soon was walking again and ready to take on more of life's challenges. His next challenge was again something he never imagined. Once again his life was in jeopardy as he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 19. It is no surprise that Mike states publicly that this second blow was exceptionally difficult and depression did creep into his life.
Mike is now 25, a member of the Canadian Paralympic snow boarding team, and an inspiration to many children and adults alike....... To continue reading and find out how to get Mike on Ellen please go to http://diabetesadvocacycom.blogspot.ca/2012/05/can-we-get-mike-on-ellen-yes-we-can.html