The name of her new blog?
Q&A with Calgary’s Mallory Zorman
Motto: “Diabetics can reach a high level in sports despite having the disease.”
Why blog? “I hope that I am able to reach out and help other diabetics. I hope they can see how I’ve led an active life and know that they can do the same. From the few blogs I’ve recently read (including yours) I’ve learned a lot and been inspired – which is saying something considering I’ve had diabetes for 12 years.” Thanks Mallory for the lovely compliment!
What’s the hardest part of diabetes? “There is no break. I work hard at school for 5 days, then it’s the weekend and I can take a break. Diabetes isn’t like that. It’s a 24/7 job and some days I don’t feel like putting in the effort.”
What has diabetes taught you? “T1d has taught me so much. If I had to choose one thing, I’d probably say that it has taught me so much about my body. I can estimate my blood sugar very accurately based on how I feel. I know what foods make me feel good (brown rice) and which make me feel really bad (cake), even if I do insulin accordingly.”
What have you learned on the ice that you take off the ice? “From the ice, I’ve learned discipline. This has also helped my approach to diabetes. Whether it’s listening to my coach, going to bed early or eating right, this is what is meant by discipline in sport. I’ve made sacrifices in order to become a better skater, but at the end of the day I don’t regret anything.”
Always on the move
Mallory is currently studying biological sciences at University of Calgary.
Recently she retired from competitive skating to focus on medical school. However, the 19-year-old will continue to lace up recreationally and coach.
This summer she is running her first half marathon and continues to enjoy road biking, hiking and inline skating. She’s active in every season and encourages others to do the same.
Mallory has become involved with her local JDRF chapter and works for Medtronic on occasion attending infosiums and pump sessions.